SEAFIELD & AYR A BRIEF HISTORY
Historic Seafield House was an exceptional home, built for an extraordinary man. One of Scotland’s leading civil engineers of his day, Sir William Arrol commissioned Seafield House as an elegant Italianate mansion complete with tower, conservatory and grand library, as well as an elaborate system for heating seawater for curative bathing. Following Arrol’s death in 1913 the house served as a hospital, first for wounded soldiers and then as a children’s hospital, until it closed its doors in 1991. The area of Seafield and its sweeping, sandy beach lie to the south of the bustling town of Ayr, a Royal Burgh since the early 13th century and once the leading harbour for Scotland’s west coast. With a street plan dating back to the 1200’s and many fine buildings from the centuries since, Ayr has a unique character and a real sense of history. Just a mile or so south of Seafield lies Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns and the setting for several of his works. Alloway is also home to a major museum commemorating Burns, as well as the famous Auld Kirk and Brig o’Doon which feature in his poems and songs.
Aft hae I rov’d by Bonie Doon, To see the rose and woodbine twine:
And ilka bird sang o’ its Luve, And fondly sae did I o’mine.
The Banks O’Doon, Robert Burns, 1791
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