Things to do in New Cumnock, Ayrshire
The small town of New Cumnock sits on the A76 main road between Dumfries and Kilmarnock with the connecting B741 road going west to Dalmellington and Loch Doon.
The town has a history going back to connections with William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Edward II and beyond.
The main street is called simply "Castle", after Cumnock Castle which once sat on Castle Hill; part of which is now occupied by the derelict Arthur Memorial UF Church.
As an ex deep shaft coal mining town, the community is strong and have even kept one of the last Open Air Swimming Pools in Scotland open by its efforts (2011).
One four star hotel lies just to the north of the town and several very well respected B&Bs do business nearby.
There is also a lovely caravan site about 2 miles from town on the Afton Road, just past Robert Burns Cairn: Burns being a frequent visitor to the town. His new statue can be seen standing next to a mural decorating one of his old "howffs" (a favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub).
Description by Geoff Crolley