kilwinning To Maybole And Crossraguel

Source South West

Route length: 25 miles

A church or sacred site

Destination hub

Kilwinning Abbey Parish Church

This church was built in 1774 by John Garland and John Wright to replace the choir of the Abbey Church which had been used as the parish church since the Reformation. The detached tower was built in 1815 to designs by David Hamilton, partly as a church tower, but partly also to support the target (papingo) at which the Kilwinning archers annually shoot.


This site is featured in Scotland’s Churches Trust guide book South-west Scotland, reference number 26.

You can see more details on the SCT website.

Maybole Parish Church (The Carrick Centre)

St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, Wallacetown

St Leonard’s Parish Church, Ayr

St Columba’s Parish Church, Ayr

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Ayr

Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Ayr

The Auld Kirk of St John the Baptist, Ayr

Alloway Auld Kirk

Alloway Parish Church

St Oswald’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Maybole

The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Cuthbert, Maybole

The former Maybole Parish Church

Crossraguel Abbey

Newton Wallacetown Parish Church, Newton on Ayr

St James’s Parish Church, Newton on Ayr

St Ninian’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Prestwick

Kingcase Parish Church, Prestwick

Old St Nicholas Parish Church, Prestwick

The Parish Church of St Nicholas, Prestwick

Prestwick South Parish Church

Monkton and Prestwick North Parish Church, Prestwick

St Quivox Roman Catholic Church, Prestwick

The former Monkton and Prestwick Old Parish Church (New Life Centre)

The old parish church of St Cuthbert, Monkton

Monkton Community Church

The former Troon Old Parish Church

St Meddan’s Parish Church, Troon

Troon Old Parish Church

The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Meddan, Troon

St Ninian’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Troon

Portland Parish Church, Troon

Symington Parish Church

Dundonald Parish Church

Riccarton Parish Church

New Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock

Old High Kirk, Kilmarnock

St Marnock’s Parish Church, Kilmarnock

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Kilmarnock

Winton Place EU Congregational Church, Kilmarnock

Henderson Parish Church, Kilmarnock

Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock

St Maur’s Glencairn Parish Church, Kilmaurs

Glencairn Aisle, St Maur’s Glencairn Parish Church

Fenwick Parish Church

Mearns Parish Church

Dreghorn Parish Church

Irvine Old Parish Church

Fullarton Parish Church, Irvine

The former Irvine Trinity Parish Church

By Road

Leave Kilwinning on the A737 and turn on to the A78 (Southbound). Follow to the junction with the A79 – turn right on to the A79. Go through Prestwick to Wallacetown. Turn right and then left to cross the River Ayr into Ayr itself.
Leave Ayr on the B7024, going past Burns cottage. Continue on this road to Maybole, with its Collegiate church. From Maybole take the A77 past Crossraguel Abbey.

By Cycle

Stay on NCN 7 to Maybole, and then, as you approach the railway, turn left instead of right, then right to cross the B7024 and A77 to reach the Collegiate church.

A 2 mile detour along the A77 takes you to Crossraguel Abbey.

By Foot

Walkers can continue to use The Ayrshire Coastal path.

By Public Transport

There are railway stations at Kilwinning, Ayr, Maybole and intermediate towns, as well as bus routes.

Crossraguel Abbey is not served by public transport. It is about a 30 minute walk from Maybole, or use a taxi – e.g Hunter taxis (01655 882320)

Public transport information can be found on the Traveline website.

Through central Ayrshire you come by Prestwick to the county town and port of Ayr itself. The many churches here represent both the history and also the culture that shaped Robert Burns who is much in evidence. By way of his birthplace at Alloway, you continue close to the coast through beautiful countryside and historic villages to Maybole.


Then let us pray that come it may......
It’s comin yet for a’ that
That man to man the warld o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that.


Burns is a product of the enlightened, liberal Protetsantism espoused by his father, but opposed by presbyterian traditionalists of the kind satirized in ‘Holy Willie’s Paryer’. At the same time, nurtured from his mother’s knee by the folksongs and stories of Ayrshire, Burns sows the seeds of the Romantic movement. All of his work is infused with religious and moral principles, that spill over into Burn’s radical politics.


Just south of Maybole are the impressive ruins of Crossraguel Abbey, a Cluniac monastery and important centre of Ayshire’s culture in medieval times. The history here is marred by religious and clan conflict, not least the notorious torture of the last Abbot by the Earl of Casillis determined to seize the Abbey’s lands. But these former conflicts cannot outweigh the dignity of these well interpreted remains. They tell a story of pilgrimage in former times and remind us of old traditions now renewed.

Then let us pray that come it may
As come it will for a’ that,
That sense and worth o’er a’ the earth
May bear the gree for a’ that
For a’ that an a’ that
Its comin yet for a’ that
That man to man the warld o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that.

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