The Scottish town of New Cumnock
in Ayrshire is steeped in history dating back to the 13th Century.
The famous Scottish poet Robert Burns lived nearby (in the
town of Mauchline) for a period in his life, - Afton Glen
influencing some of
The town has the popular 'Robert Burns trail' - click
here to find out more about the trail.
A memorial to Robert Burns has been created partway along the
Glen by local Burns enthusiasts and seating is provided where
you can enjoy a peaceful picnic.
In 1650 the parish of Cumnock was divided into the parishes
of Old Cumnock and New Cumnock. A church was built on the site
of Cumnock Castle, the ancient seat of the Barons of Cumnock.
The castle overlooked the meeting of the River Nith and
Afton Glen and this gave rise to the Gaelic name Comunn
ach (place of the confluence).
There are many activities in Cumnock, New Cumnock and the
surrounding countryside (click
here for things to do). There are walks, museums and areas
of historical significance.
You can also take a day trip to
the stunning West Coast of Scotland (30 miles
East), up to the thriving city of Glasgow (45 miles) or even
across to Edinburgh (70 miles) - see the map of Scotland
Ayrshire has an amazing history: William Wallace (1270-1305)
began his rise to fame by operating as an outlaw in Ayrshire.
Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) born at Turnberry Castle, South
of Ayr, became Scotland's legendary King. Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Scotland's best known poet, was born in Alloway, South of Ayr.