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Ayr Through the Ages - a trail of Ayr 13th - 21st Century

‘Ayr Through the Ages’ is a location-aware trail through Ayr’s rich and colourful past. This trail will lead you from...

Outside signposts directing people to Alloway Brig o' Doon, Auld Kirk and Burns Cottage

Self-guided historical trails guided by 23 Blue Bonnet signs over 31 locations enabling a walk from Ayr town centre out...

Exterior of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum showing the cafe and surrounding landscape.

What better place to find out about Robert Burns than in Alloway, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? There, you’ll not only see the most significant collection...

Robert Burn's famous cottage with its thatched roof

Alloway is the birthplace of internationally renowned poet Robert Burns and a trip here would not be complete without a visit to...

The Batchelor's Club cream building with a thatched roof.

The Bachelor’s Club is situated on Sandgate Street in the farming village of Tarbolton, and is now a small museum...

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...

A historic castle with turrets and small windows

Maybole Castle was a townhouse, built by the Kennedy family, Earls of Cassilis. It dates from around 1560, is the oldest inhabited...

View of the castle with the Scottish flag flying in the foreground

Royal Dundonald Castle is an oft undiscovered Scottish secret. King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce, built the 14th...

Historic Stumpy clock tower with its peaked roof

Girvan’s Stumpy Tower, known as ‘Auld Stumpy’, is what remains of Girvan’s courthouse and jail. It was built in 1825-27, and is...

Greenan Castle perched on cliff top looking out to the sea

Greenan Castle is perched on a clifftop at Greenan Shore, and is a 16th century, ruined tower house looking over to the Heads of Ayr, and out to sea towards Arran and Ailsa Craig.  It was originally a...

Castle perched on the clifftop

Dunure Castle sits perched on a cliff above the pretty fishing village of Dunure. In 1357, it was claimed by the Kennedys of...

Red gun on display at Cromwell's Citadel

Ayr Citadel was built in 1657 on the command of Oliver Cromwell, after the English Civil War and the abolition...

A view of this large T shaped historic building large stone walls and wooden verandas

Loudon Hall was built around 1513 by James Tait, a wealthy burgess of Ayr. It’s one of the earliest examples...

View of the tall tower remains from the street

St. John’s Tower is the tower that remains from Ayr’s original parish church, which was built around 1300. On 26th...

The fragmentary ruin is all that remains next to the sea

It’s unknown exactly when Turnberry Castle was built, but it passed to the Earls of Carrick at the beginning of the 13th century. Later that century,...

The large Grecian-style monument in memory of Robert Burns.

Soon after the death of the great bard a committee of his greatest supporters set about memorialising the man. The...