Things to do in Kilmaurs, Ayrshire
Welcome to Kilmaurs, a conservation village in North Ayrshire with a rich and interesting history.
The modern village retains many of its historical properties, with the original townhouse taking central place at the heart of the village. Attached to the wall are the iron rings to which local miscreants were attached as punishment for minor crimes.
A recent innovation has been the creation of a village trail, which takes a leisurely route around some of the historical sites.
These include the Monks Well stone, covering an ancient well from which the local monastery drew its fresh water.
When the local landowner imposed a tax on the well it mysteriously dried up, only to fill again when the tax was withdrawn.
The trail then continues through Morton Park, gifted to the village in 1921 for their use and recreation.
Within the park, with its panoramic views over Kilmaurs sits The Place, a fine Scottish house with beautiful gardens and parts dating back 400 years.
Follow the trail signs to guide you past the Parish Church and across fields bordering the Carmel Water, before rejoining the Crosshouse road to return to the village.
A new half hourly train service to the village from Glasgow makes a pleasant afternoon visit possible, with time to take refreshments in one of the two local coffee shops.
For those wishing to travel further afield Kilmaurs is an excellent cyclist centre from which to explore this beautiful area. A pamphlet on the area is available in local shops and from the library (Irvine Rd).
Description by Ian Richard