Alloway Auld Kirk

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Monument Road, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ

    The eerie setting for Robert Burns' famous tale of Tam O'Shanter, Alloway Auld Kirk dates back to the 16th Century.

    Sitting just 300 yards from the famous River Doon, Alloway Auld Kirk is a must see for anyone interested in Robert Burns and his poetry. This is where poor Tam O'Shanter saw the witches dance before they gave chase. It is within close proximity to Burns Cottage and the Burns National Heritage Park. Burns' father, William Burness and his sister, Isabella Burns Begg are buried in the kirkyard.

    The church itself was a simple structure, a stone built rectangle with gabled ends. Today it is a roofless ruin. Within the church itself is the elegant sarcophagus of David Cathcart, Lord Alloway, and a mortsafe - a cast iron shield temporarily buried with a coffin to discourage body-snatchers, who supplied fresh corpses to anatomists. It is worth searching out several exquisitely carved gravestones, heavy with symbols of death and resurrection.
     

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Children

    • Children Welcome

    Special Requirements

    • No Pets Allowed

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Ayr Train Station, turn left and cross onto Parkhouse Street then left onto Beresford Terrace. Continue straight onto Carrick Road. Monument Road follows on from Carrick Road and Alloway Auld Kirk lies on Monument Road opposite the Burns National Heritage Park.



    Getting there by aeroplane:- At the mini-roundabout at the exit of Glasgow Prestwick International Airport take the 1st exit onto the A79. Follow the A79 and signs for Ayr until you come to Ayr Railway Station (on your right). At the double roundabout, follow signs for the A70 signposted Town Centre and Ring Road West . At the T-junction, turn left into Beresford Terrace. Continue forward onto the B7024 signposted Alloway. The Auld Kirk lies on the B7024 Monument Road, opposite the Burns National Heritage Park.

    Getting there by ferry:- From Troon Ferry Terminal, follow signs to Prestwick Airport. On reaching Airport, follow signs for A79 (Ayr) until you come to Ayr Railway Station (on your right). At the double roundabout, follow signs for the A70 signposted Town Centre and Ring Road West . At the T-junction, turn left into Beresford Terrace. Continue forward onto the B7024 signposted Alloway. The Auld Kirk lies on the B7024 Monument Road, opposite the Burns National Heritage Park.



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