Ayr Auld Kirk

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Auld Kirk, Blackfriars Walk, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 1TT

    Situated on the banks of the River Ayr, the Auld Kirk of Ayr dates back to the 17th century.

    The Auld Kirk was built on land that previously stood the 12th century Church of St John which had been seized by Cromwell. The present church was built between 1662 - 1655, with many areas of interest in and around the Kirk, such as the beautiful stained glass windows that adorn the building.

    Inside the Church is the pew where Robert Burns' father, William Burness, is believed to have sat each Sunday and where possibly the young Robert formed his first impressions of the Kirk. It is also believed that the great Bard was baptized in the Kirk.

    There is a lych-gate, erected in 1656, which is an unusual feature in a Scottish church. Hanging on each side of the archway you will see a mortsafe, used to protect newly buried corpses from the body snatchers who often robbed the graves to supply medical schools.

    The gravestones within the Kirkyard tell many a tale about those who have gone before, such as a headstone dedicated to John Aitken, chief patron to whom Robert Burns dedicated his poem Cotters Saturday Night.

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

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    • Children Welcome

    Transport

    • Disabled Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From outside the station on Smith Street turn right, first left onto Kyle Street and continue straight onto the High Street. Auld Kirk Port leading to the Auld Kirk is situated opposite the Lorne Arcade.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From the roundabout outside Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, follow signs for Prestwick Town and then for Ayr town Centre. On reaching the Sandgate, take the first left into Boswell Park then second left into Arthur Street then take the third exit from the roundabout and first left into car park. Exit car park on foot, turn right then right again, cross the road and it is the first left through the Lorne Arcade. Kirk Port, leading to the Auld Kirk is almost directly across the road.

    Getting there by ferry:- From Ferry Terminal, follow all routes. Follow signs for Ayr North. At Whitletts roundabout take the 3rd exit, Ayr North, and proceed down Whitletts Road. Pass Racecourse. At next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto King Street and at traffic lights turn left into Main Street continuing onto New Bridge Street continuing onto Sandgate. Take the first left into Boswell Park second left into Arthur Street then take the third exit from the roundabout, first left into car park. Exit car park on foot, turn right then right again, cross the road and it is the first left through the Lorne Arcade. Kirk Port, leading to the Auld Kirk is almost directly across the road.

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