Kirkoswald Where in 1775, at the age of 16, Scotland’s bard Robert Burns spent his summer studying in the building which now houses Souter’s Restaurant.
Kirkoswald is a village and parish which lies 1 ³⁄₄ miles from the coast, and 4 miles southwest of Maybole.
Shoemaker, John Davidson, alongside his neighbour ‘Tam O’Shanter’ (Douglas Graham) were known for their excitable nights out after visiting the market in Ayr, and were well known friends in the village. Robert Burns immortalised the pair in his masterpiece Tam O’Shanter. Souter Johnnie’s Cottage is now preserved by the National Trust for Scotland.
Kirkoswald is also home to other visitor attractions including a garden centre, and designer homeware store.