The pretty village of Kirkoswald is more than just a stop on the way to Turnberry or Girvan. With links to Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns, the village is a conservation area, centered around an ancient church that was built by monks in 1244. 

These impressive ruins are still worth visiting and contain the baptismal font of Robert the Bruce. The ‘new’ church was built in 1777, to a design by Robert Adam, the celebrity architect responsible for Culzean Castle’s grandeur. 

Robert Burns’ maternal ancestors came from Kirkoswald, and many of his characters were based on ordinary village folk, such as Tam O’Shanter and Souter Johnnie – you can even visit the home of the cobbler who was made famous in the poem.  

The parish of Kirkoswald also includes the village of Maidens, Turnberry Castle, Thomaston Castle and the imposing ruins of Crossraguel Abbey.

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Activity Tours and Experiences

Whiskey Experience and Whisky Shop stone building

The character of Souter Johnnie became famous worldwide thanks to his appearance in just a few lines of the famous...

Culture and Heritage

South Ayrshire has plenty to attract visitors to come and explore the region and its rich culture and heritage.

Whiskey Experience and Whisky Shop stone building

The character of Souter Johnnie became famous worldwide thanks to his appearance in just a few lines of the famous...

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, born in Alloway, Ayrshire on the 25th January 1759 is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

The garden of Souter Johnnie's Cottage with four stone statues.

The character of Souter Johnnie became famous worldwide thanks to his appearance in just a few lines of the famous...

Visitor Attractions

Whiskey Experience and Whisky Shop stone building

The character of Souter Johnnie became famous worldwide thanks to his appearance in just a few lines of the famous...