Alloway Auld Kirk

Ayr, United Kingdom

The Alloway Auld Kirk, which dates back to the 16th century, is a ruin in Alloway, South Ayrshire. William Burnes, father of the poet, is buried in the graveyard together with his wife Agnes and daughter Isabella as well as two of his nieces. Alloway was where he and his wife had first raised their family before moving to Mount Oliphant and Lochlea, and William had attempted to maintain the grounds of the Kirk, which was already a ruin at the time.



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Alloway 40, Ayr, United Kingdom
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Jason Lasikiewicz (7 months ago)
Very interesting place, kids loved looking for the strange stones
Rocky River (8 months ago)
Beautiful and peaceful. Look out for Rabbie's father's grave as you enter. It has a engraving on the back written by Rabbie himself. Also there are stone blocks in the pathway with quotes from Rabbie. You can not enter the Kirk itself. But you can walk around the cemetery. Check the dates on the headstones. And marvel at the craftsmanship on a few of them, absolutely incredible details. What happened? We rarely see those skills or attention to detail in our modern lives. Also looks amazing after dark.
Brian Sheldon (9 months ago)
As I wrote in the visitor's book, simply beautiful. I'm not religious but I appreciate the history, design & build of churches especially stained glass. Scottish churches have always been the best. Very welcoming, always someone around to help and very friendly. Auld Kirk lived up to expectation.with some stunning stained glass surrounded by Burns history.
Reiss Adams (9 months ago)
16th century graveyard, decent in the day time, really prefer going at night, its a little bit creepier and it lights up. ❌ Lights are turned off some times, no idea why ✅ Easy to get to, located near the Brig o’ Doon hotel
Peter Nevans (12 months ago)
If you know anything about Robert Burns the Scottish Poet. This is a must to visit as it is mentioned in the great poem Tam O' Shanter.
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