Tuesday, October 27, 2009


We have visited this Ayrshire town twice or three times over the past couple of years (and the adjoining Eglinton Country Park as well although the rain on that occasion meant we didn't stay long!)

Kilwinning is particularly known for having the original Lodge of the Freemasons, seen below.

Kilwinning is known as the 'Crossroads of Ayrshire' and it's a great place to travel from as you can get everywhere easily by train!

Above, the station building

This is a wonderful old ruin, all that's left of the abbey since most of it was pulled down in 1562. A church is thought to have stood on this site as early as 1157, but the major part of the building was created in the 13th century. What remains today is still very impressive. The abbey is on a rise overlooking the River Garnock in the centre of the town, immediately off the pedestrianised shopping street - and free to visit too!

The Wikipedia website has all the history of the abbey here and you can find out much more about the town here


Melinda Bogert said...

I thought the photos were gorgeous! I want to look it up and see if the Abbey was one that King Henry the 8th had pulled down in his day. Love seeing such old places so beautiful as this.

Melinda Bogert said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilwinning_Abbey This link has a fascinating story about the origins and history of the Kilwinning Abbey. I LOVE the history of Scotland and England! This blog makes me want to study more about it!