Articles about

Historical Sites in Ayrshire

 and of

General Historical Interest

National Trust for Scotland Sites in Ayrshire:


Culzean Castle and Country Park


Regarded by many as the 'Jewel in the Crown' of the Trust's sites

Brodick Castle and Country Park


Situated on Arran, Brodick is a fine castle and includes thousands of acres of beautiful countryside including Goat Fell, Arran's spectacular peak.

Souter Johnnie's Cottage


The home of Robert Burn's famous character in 'Tam O'Shanter'.

The Bachelors' Club


Used by Robert Burns and his friends as a debating club.

Articles of General Historical Interest:

Articles of General Interest 

(A collection of interesting articles that don't fit under other headings!)


Famous Names of Ayrshire

(Inspired by Andrew Boyle's talk and book on 'Ayrshire Heritage'.)


Index to the Centre Newsletter articles

(Past newsletters are available at £2 each including P&P.)

Illustrated Glossary of Terms

(A glossary of technical terms mainly linked to the architecture of churches and castles) 


Collection of Engravings: (Is will open in a new window)

Several hundred Scottish Engravings, Lithographs and Etchings

(If you have any I could add please get in touch!)

Extracts and Complete Old Historical Works:

'Antiquities of Scotland' by Captain Francis Grose

          - His writings and engravings in Ayrshire.


'Crossraguel Abbey - A History and a Description' by Rev. R. Lawson

          - His complete writings and engravings.


'The Life of Robert Burns' by John Gibson Lockhart

- This is the version of Burns biography that was favoured by Thomas Carlyle. Carlyle wrote an extensive essay on Lockhart's Life of Burns which is also available HERE.


'The Topographical, Statistical, and Historical Gazetteer of Scotland'

- Extracts relating to Ayrshire from this remarkable set of books published by Published by A.Fullarton and Co. - 1848 .


'Charters of Crosraguel Abbey'  - Ayrshire & Galloway Archæological Association

- This will eventually contain the complete contents of this magnificent two volume work. The contents include a detailed history of the abbey and an analysis of each Charter relating to the abbey. - 1886 .


Location Maps and Lists of Historical sites in Ayrshire:

Click here for a range of search options for historical sites (with maps)  

(These will open in new windows)


For example: Map of all the castles in Ayrshire (It is followed by full listings)

These maps show you selected site locations in Ayrshire - Click in a grid area and you get a detailed map showing all sites in that area.


Sample Search Categories:






Prehistoric Homes and Forts (PHF)
Early Stones (ES)
Prehistoric Religious (PR)

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