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.