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Historic Attractions in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

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Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS)
Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS)

Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY

The home of John Davidson, who inspired the character Souter Johnnie in Robert Burns' famous poem Tam o'Shanter.

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New Lanark Visitor Centre
New Lanark Visitor Centre

New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB

This cotton mill village was founded in 1785 and became famous as the site of Robert Owen's model community.

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Biggar Gas Works © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
Biggar Gas Works (HS)

Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ

In the last century many small towns across Scotland established their own gas works. This is one of the few to survive.

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  • Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS)
    Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS)

    Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE

    This clifftop mansion was built by Robert Adam for the last Earl of Cassillis in 1772-1790. There have been castles on...

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    Portencross Castle

    Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

    Portencross Castle is situated overlooking the Firth of Clyde near West Kilbride in Ayrshire.

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  • St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)
    St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)

    Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

    The choir and south side of the nave of a late 14th century parish church.

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  • Brodick Castle & Garden (NTS)
    Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS)

    Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY

    The site of this ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton was a fortress even in Viking times.

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    Maybole Castle
    Maybole Castle

    Maybole, KA19 8YG

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  • Skelmorlie Aisle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Skelmorlie Aisle (HS)

    Largs, Scotland, UK

    This jewel-like monument was erected in 1636 for Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie.

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  • Newark Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Newark Castle (HS)

    Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH

    An elegant and virtually intact castle with views over the Firth of Clyde.

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    Antonine Wall  Bar Hill (HS)
    Antonine Wall Bar Hill (HS)

    Kilsyth, Glasgow, G65

    This fort, on the highest section of the wall, included a headquarters building, a well, granary and a bath house. From…

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  • Crossraguel Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Crossraguel Abbey (HS)

    by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ

    One of the most complete mediaeval abbeys in Scotland, Crossraguel was founded in the 13th century by Duncan of Carrick…

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    Auchagallon Stone Circle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS)

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

    Visit a Bronze Age cairn surrounded by a circle of 14 standing stones looking out over Kilbrannan Sound towards Kintyre.

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  • Machrie Moor Stone Circle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS)

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

    The remains of five stone circles of Bronze-Age date, one of the most important sites of its kind in Britain.

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  • Bachelor's Club (NTS)
    Bachelor's Club (NTS)

    Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB

    In this 17th century thatched house in Tarbolton, Robert Burns and friends formed a debating club in 1780. Burns attended…

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  • 1 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    2 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    3 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    4 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    5 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    6 St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS) Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
    7 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    8 Maybole Castle Maybole, KA19 8YG
    9 Skelmorlie Aisle (HS) Largs, Scotland, UK
    10 Newark Castle (HS) Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH 4 stars
    11 Antonine Wall Bar Hill (HS) Kilsyth, Glasgow, G65
    12 Crossraguel Abbey (HS) by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ 3 stars
    13 Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    14 Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    15 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB

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