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...
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...
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...
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 ...
40a Dalrymple Street, Girvan, Ayrshire, KA26 9AE
McKechnie Institute, which opened in 1889, was designed in the Scottish
Baronial style with some Renaissance detailing by the Glasgow architects
McKissack & Rowan.
The Institute has a collection of memorabilia from
Girvan and the surrounding Carrick area, covering areas such as Ailsa Craig,
local trade, fishing, social activities...