Ailsa Craig (Paddy’s Milestone)
Off the coast of Carrick
An iconic island, Ailsa Craig can be viewed from all along the Carrick coastline. Jutting 1,114 feet out of the sea, with a base circumference of about 2.5 miles, this mass of very hard granite takes a different shape from each view point along the coast. Though its form may change from each angle it is viewed, the breathtaking nature of the vie...
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a new UNESCO Biosphere because of its combination of special wildlife areas, rich cultural heritage and communities that care about their environment. Biosphere designation will help people understand, define, sustain and enhance those special qualities. As an internationally recognised label for s...
Souter Johnnie’s Cottage
Main Road, Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire, KA19 8HY
See Scottish literature come to life in this 18th-century thatched cottage in the heart of Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The former home of cobbler – or souter – John Davidson, the real-life Souter Johnnie immortalised in the Robert Burns poem Tam o’ Shanter, it features a thatched tavern in the garden, complete with life-sized sandstone statues of the ...
Lendalfoot Ayrshire, KA26 0JF
This memorial to the Russian cruiser “Varyag” can be found in Lendalfoot not far from the place where the legendary ship sank in 1920. “Varyag” is the first monument to Russian valor across the UK.
The Varyag was built in Philadelphia for the Russian Navy, she achieved fame when she battled five Japanese cruisers at the opening of the Russo-J...
Dunure, KA7 4LN
Today Dunure Castle sits as a ruin in the North of Carrick, however, it was once the main fortress of the Earls of Cassils, the Kennedy Family. The building which originates back to the 1200’s is steeped in both family and national history. It is even said that Mary Queen of Scots once stayed at the castle.
Though today the family is more clo...