Visit Maidens and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Maidens, South Ayrshire. Formerly called Maidens of Turnberry, this village lies close to Turnberry Point about 6 miles North of Girvan. That this was a place of importance in prehistoric days is shown by the Stone Age fortresses, the remains of which still exist, that were built as outliers to the fort at Turnberry. It seems that the name is derived from these forts, not from the rocks in the bay, as some would have it. The modern Maidens has been a fishing village for many generations. The courage and determination of the fishing families are shown in the pier and breakwater, built largely by them from the remains of R.A.F. camps in the area that were abandoned after the Second World War.
Nearby is Shanter Farm, the traditional home of Robert Burns's hero Tam o' Shanter. Burns learnt about Tam — who was a well-known “drouth”, a man fond of his dram — during his sojourn at the village of Kirkoswald (3 miles inland), where he had been dispatched as a youth to learn mathematics, mensuration, and surveying. Burns wrote “Tam o' Shanter” to please his antiquarian friend Captain Grose, about whose propensities for the supernatural (“A chiel's amang you taking notes, and, faith, he'll prent it!”) he composed the poem “On the late Captain Grose's Peregrinations thro' Scotland”, which contains the lines:
By some auld houlet-haunted biggin,
Or kirk deserted by its riggin,
It's ten to one ye'll find him snug in
Some eldritch part,
Wi' deils, they say, Lord safe's!
At some black art.
Nearby towns: Ayr, Girvan, Maybole
Nearby villages: Alloway, Crosshill, Dailly, Dalrymple, Doonfoot, Dunure, Kilkerran, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Turnberry
Have you decided to visit Maidens or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Maidens bed and breakfast (a Maidens B&B or Maidens b and b)
- a Maidens guesthouse
- a Maidens hotel (or motel)
- a Maidens self-catering establishment, or
- other Maidens accommodation