Dumfries House

Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA18 2NJ

Baird Institute

Explore the history of Cumnock and the Doon Valley.


Barony A Frame

This vast steel structure, which stood at a shaft of the Barony Colliery, has been restored as a permanent monument.


Burns House Museum

An authentic Burns experience.


Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

A unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son.


Catrine Community Trust

Catrine comprises an eclectic mix of ancient heritage buildings.


Nearby attractions

Come to Dumfries House and spend time exploring the fascinating local area.


The Cumnock area is a delightful mix of open countryside and heritage sites.

No visitor to this part of the world should miss visiting Mauchline, which was the home of Robert Burns during the most creative period of his life.

Visit New Cumnock for local walks on the edge of the Southern Uplands.

Cumnock is the central town for the southern part of East Ayrshire. Cumnock and its close neighbour, Auchinleck, have long histories, as the historic buildings of The Square, Cumnock, with its Church and Mercat Cross, show.

Nearby Lugar was the home of 'Gas' Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting. The pits are now closed and the local economy is more diverse. Bargain hunters will want to visit the factory shops, particularly for clothing and footwear.

A little way outside Auchinleck lies Auchinleck House, family home of a man variously regarded as either a dissolute or as one of Britain's greatest diarists - James Boswell. After their tour of the Highlands, Boswell took his friend Dr Johnson to Auchinleck House. Boswell's father, Lord Auchinleck and Johnson did not get on!

The village of Sorn lies in the valley of the River Ayr. High on a rock overlooking the river is Sorn Castle which, in addition to its architectural interest, contains a number of artworks.

Catrine is about a mile detour from the A76 and is set amongst enchanting scenery. Walk in the footsteps of Robert Burns, Richard Arkwright, David Dale and Claud Alexander. Visit the website of the Catrine Community Trust to find out more about the town of Catrine.