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Row of cottages in Symington village.


Symington is a conservation village, situated close to the A77 road from Ayr to Glasgow. In the centre of Symington is the village church, built in 1160, and one of the finest examples of a Norman Church in Scotland.

The name Symington is derived from its founder, a Norman Knight called Symon Loccard, or Lockhart, who was granted the barony of Symington from Walter Fitz Alan, the first Steward of Scotland in 1165.

The village of Symington is a close-knit farming community, but is now home to many modern homes and families too. The village is catered for by The Wheatsheaf Inn, an 18th century coaching inn, which is now a very popular pub and busy restaurant.

Symington boasts some impressive mansion houses within its vicinity, Coodham, Dankeith, Townend and Rosemount, which were all once very grand, and have interesting histories.

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