This itinerary highlights just a few of the stories and places where the Kennedy clan have left their mark in Scotland, taking you to the attractive Clyde coast with its many ancient castles and ruins, superb country parks and gardens, and to more northerly places including the ancient religious centre of Scotland at Dunkeld.
Travel south to Maybole, the ancient capital of Carrick. John Kennedy of Dunure and Cassillis married the heiress of the Carrick earldom in the mid 1300s. Maybole has many fine buildings which are proof of its lengthy history and it is surrounded by many sites of interest.
The 16th century Maybole Castle was the Earls of Cassillis' town house and is still in occupation today, being looked after by the Maybole Historical Society. The castle has a square tower and round turrets typical of this period's architecture.
Around 2 miles south is Crossraguel Abbey, which was founded by the Earl of Carrick in 1244. It is one of the best preserved abbey ruins in Scotland. Nearby on the road towards Kirkoswald is Baltersan Castle, built by John Kennedy in 1584. Although now ruinous it was once a fine example of a Scottish mansion.