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Ayr: Tower of St John's

11 September 2021

12 September 2021


Remaining part of the original parish church of Ayr. The church, in its time the largest in Ayrshire, was cruciform in shape and the tower was perhaps added in the 14th century. In 1315 Robert the Bruce convened the Scottish Parliament in the church. Restored by J K Hunter for the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1913-14. A landmark to seamen, it offers magnificent panoramic views.

Digital Resources

Tower of St John Tour

Come on a Virtual Tour of the Tower of St John the Baptist, oldest building in Ayr.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Come on a guided virtual tour of the Tower on Doors Open Days 2021:


Key Information

Building Date: c.1300

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  • Bruce Crescent
  • Ayr
  • KA7 1JH