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New Cumnock: The Meeting Place

25 Mar 2010  New Cumnock has Tourism Potential.>A Gateway to Ayrshire from the south with a history which includes William Wallace, Robert Bruce, Edward I & II, 3rd Marquis of Bute and Robert Burns. The small town sits on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road and has a wee railway station servicing the Glasgow to Newcastle line.
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>A Gateway to: Ayrshire, Kyle, Wallace Country, the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve (Galloway'n'SABRe), Glen Afton, Nithsdale, etc.. 200 yards off the main street you enter Knockshinnoch Lagoons Wetland Reserve: nature at its best with comfortable paths meandering through long grass, trees and hillocks transformed out of, what was once the old bing.

  • Category: Perfect day
  • 1. Glen Afton & Afton Water

    The river made famous by Robert Burns "Flow Gently Sweet Afton" begins at the top of Glen Afton and ends as it merges with the river Nith as it makes its way out of New Cumnock and Ayrshire passing beneat Burns' Parnassus Hill (Corsencon to us) into Dumfriesshire and south to the Solway Firth. The Nith is followed closely by the A76 skirting Burns' Ellisland Farm and on to the town of Dumfries where the Scottish Bard spent his last years and where he is interned.
    There are some lovely old walks "up the Afton", some created by miners on their days off but many dating back to Burns and well beyond. William Wallaceis recorded as having a stronghold here (Castle William) and is said to have rested in the seat of the Dunbars at the beginning of the Scottish Wars of Independence. Bruce was hunted "up the Glen" by a sleuth hound and Mary Queen of Scots used the Afton trail to flee south through the Southern Uplands to "safety" after the Battle of Langside.

  • 2. Arthur Memorial Church

    This now derelict, but still attractive building, sits on Castle Hill, the site of the 13th century Cumnock Castle; the first Cumnock. The church was designed by Welsh architect Sir William Beddoe Rees (the only building of his in Scotland) in 1912/13 and overlooks the Auld Kirk, in which Burns' "Rev Jamie Goose" had the honour of preaching. The church tower surveys the three glens of: Nith, Afton and Glaisnock as well as Knockshinnock Lagoons. Also visible is the Parnassus Python; the longest covered coal conveyer belt in Europe, snaking its way from behind Corsencon (Parnassus Hill) to the Crowbandsgate Railway Junction half a mile distant from Castle Hill.
    The church is next to the road leading to the Auld kirk and Knockshinnoch Lagoons.

  • 3. Dumfries House Estate 6 miles
    http://www.dumfries-house.org.uk/

    18th century country house and estate.
    Connection: The 3rd Marquis of Bute rebuilt New and Old Cumnock through mining. He owned a great deal of Britain, eventually dying in Dumfries House on October 9th 1900. His friend William Arthur died in the Marquis' shooting lodge, now Lochside House Hotel; Arthur left money in his will for the Church to be built and maintained. He lies in the Auld Kirk with his family.

  • 4. Lochside House Hotel
    http://www.lochside-hotel.com/

    Where the valleys of Nith and Glaisnock meet, three lochs lay,
    the most northerly will flow both north and south on a downpour day.
    Four star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board.

  • 5. Afton Water View B&B
    http://www.clickbedandbreakfast.co.uk/bed-and-breakfast5442.asp

    Bed and Breakfast, just off the Afton Road, Glen Afton, New Cumnock.
    You are here: Bed and Breakfast / Ayrshire / Afton Water View Bed and BreakfastAfton Water View Bed and Breakfast
    Open throughout the year.
    £25.00 per person per night.
    Discount rate if staying four days or more: £20.00 per person per night.
    Evening Meal on request priced at £15.00 for 3 courses.

  • 6. Laight Mill B&B, Glen Afton
    http://www.laightmill.co.uk/

    Laight Mill is located on Laight Farm, in a luxury barn conversion. High quality bed & breakfast accommodation.
    Glasgow Prestwick Airport (24 miles/40 km).
    Facilities include:
    *Two large, guest bedrooms with accommodation for up to six people
    *Televisions in both rooms
    *Coffee & tea making facilities
    *Ample storage space in both guest rooms
    *Secure off-road car parking
    *Spacious luxury bathroom with power shower and bathtub

  • 7. Overcairn Cottage. S-Cater
    http://www.overcairn.co.uk/local_area.htm

    Self-Catering

  • 8. Nith Holiday Cottages. Self-catering
    http://www.nithholidaycottages.co.uk/index.html

    1)New farm building conversion, located near the owner's farmhouse
    2)Detached south facing cottage