NEW CUMNOCK IN AYRSHIRE SCOTLAND NEAR TO THE HOME OF SCOTTISH POET ROBERT BURNS

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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 his work. 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.

Robert Burns Memorial in New CumnockIn 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.

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