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Auld Brig

Old Bridge, Ayr
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Old Bridge, Ayr

Crossing the River Ayr in Ayr since c.1470, the Auld Brig has become an iconic symbol of the town. Replacing a wooden bridge built in the 13th century, this narrow stone bridge comprises four arches and oversized buttressing cutwaters but with no refuges above. Made famous in Robert Burns' poem The Brigs o' Ayr, it was almost demolished in the early years of the 20th century, but after a campaign by local historian James A. Morris was instead restored. The Auld Bridge is now only accessible to pedestrians.


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