Tourism - Maybole surrounding villages
South of Maybole on the B7023 the oldest and most interesting part of this village
extends along the Maybole road.
Situated eight miles north of Girvan on the A77, the village has strong connections
with Robert Burns, Souter Johnnie's Cottage was built in 1785 and is open to the
public and operated by the National Trust for Scotland. This was the home of the
village cobbler (Souter) John Davidson. Robert Burns took the real man and transformed
him into an immortal character of fiction in his poem "Tam O' Shanter". The old
graveyard where Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie are buried is opposite the Cottage.
Burns also went to school in the village.
The village on the B7023 has a short Main Street of great character. The stone cottages
are greatly enhanced by colourful floral displays and boxes of plants. Ideal walking
country, a short distance along the B741 towards Dalmellington, is a scenic walk
which goes uphill to Sclenteuch Moor.