Visit Maybole and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Maybole, South Ayrshire. The ancient capital of Carrick is Maybole, and Carrick is the southern division of Ayrshire. As such, Maybole was the stronghold of the Cassillis Kennedies. No fewer than twenty-eight baronial mansions may have stood within the parish, and the old townhouse or “castle” still stands in the High Street. This was the Kennedy residence, and is still used by the family as the office of Cassillis and Culzean estates. An ancient tradition has it that the castle was the prison of a Countess of Cassillis who had eloped with Johnny Faa, King of the Gipsies. Her husband John Kennedy, 6th Earl of Cassillis, returned home in time to recapture the wayward lady and, incidentally, to hang Johnny Faa and his band. Imprisonment for life was the fate of the Countess. Unfortunately for the story, the family history reveals that John and his wife lived happily as husband and wife for over twenty years, and his letters reveal his affection and regard for her.
Maybole was created a burgh of barony in 1516, but its recorded history goes as far back as 1193, when the first church was built and dedicated to St Cuthbert. In 1371 John Kennedy of Dunure founded a Collegiate Church, part of the ruins of which still stands. John Knox and Quintin Kennedy, Abbot of Crossraguel, held their famous disputation in the Provost's house in 1562.
Nearby towns: Ayr, Girvan, Prestwick
Nearby villages: Alloway, Annbank, Coylton, Crosshill, Dailly, Dalrymple, Doonfoot, Drongan, Drongan, Dunure, Kilkerran, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Maidens, Patna, Polnessan, Stair, Straiton, Trabboch, Turnberry
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- a Maybole guesthouse
- a Maybole hotel (or motel)
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- other Maybole accommodation