Prestwick, United Kingdom

Prestwick Heritage Tour: St Nicholas Old Kirkyard

Prestwick Heritage Tour: St Nicholas Old Kirkyard

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9 tour stops


Introduction to St Nicholas Old Kirkyard

If stones could talk...

2 min

The bell of St Nicholas Church

Thereby hangs a tale

2 min

The Auld Bell's Lament, by Robert Mackenzie Fisher

Robert Mackenzie Fisher born on 13 February 1840, Prestwick: ship's carpenter & poet

6 min

Bodysnatchers and Mortstones

Let them rest in peace

6 min

Golfers' last resting place

Prestwick is the Birthplace of Open golf, and here great golfers are laid to rest

11 min

Lines on the Death of Mr Alexander Hutchison

A poem by Robert Mackenzie Fisher

1 min

Symbols of resurrection

Written in stone

1 min

Freemen of Prestwick

A link to Robert the Bruce

1 min

The Knights Templar

Otherwise known as Warrior Monks, highly trained fighters

3 min


From graverobbers and a stolen bell to heroes of golf and soldier monks – the Old Kirk reveals her secrets of Prestwick's rich history on this heritage trail.

Local historians and experts talk about Prestwick, Scotland's oldest baronial burgh, over 1,000 years old. Focusing on the people and stories surrounding St Nicholas Old Kirk and Kirkyard, this audio tour will show you some of the people who made Prestwick the birthplace of Open golf.

Just as fascinating but more gruesome, we have superb surviving examples of the graverobbing industry. We also have tantalising tales of the town's links to Robert the Bruce and fighting monks in the Battle of Bannockburn.

Our thanks to Alex Young, Alasdair Malcolm and Suzie Lennox for narrating Prestwick Heritage Tour.

Itinerary 39 m / 1:00

Offline map included

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