Crossraguel Abbey
Gateway to Culzean Castle
Kildoon Hill from Maybole
Kirkoswald
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Kirkoswald is a tiny village at the heart of an area of Scotland that bristles with many really good things to see. There might not be a great deal in the village itself, but it is without question a perfect place to stay a few nights while exploring the magnificent countryside around it.
Before my visit to carry out research for this website I had never even heard of the place, never mind paid it a visit. But no sooner had I stepped off a train at Maybole (around 3 miles away) than I felt like a Clydesdale horse who is let loose in a great green field after spending winter cooped up in a stall. For the land between Maybole, Kirkoswald and the coast is utterly beautiful. It has a subtle undulating swell that brings to mind the rolling hills of the Borders, which are in fact not too far away. And within that land are dotted many ancient keeps and castles and abbeys and loads of old buildings where once knights did feast and damsels got themselves into conditions of distress.
And as if all that isn't enough, what little there is in Kirkoswald itself is of such a high quality that the village must surely be a contender for the Nicest Little Village in all of Scotland.
CROSSRAGUEL ABBEY GATEWAY
GATEWAY TO CULZEAN CASTLE
KILDOON HILL FROM NEAR MAYBOLE
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How to
GET THERE
You can get a bus to Kirkoswald from Maybole, which has a direct train service from Ayr, which has a direct train service from Glasgow Central.
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