The southernmost of the three ancient districts of Ayrshire, Carrick occupies an area of upland to the south of Ayr and the River Doon. Its highest point is Polmaddie Hill (565m / 1853 feet) and its chief settlements are the villages of Barr and North and South Balloch. The chief seat of the earldom of Carrick, which dates from the 12th Century, was Turnberry Castle on the Ayrshire coast. The title, now held by the Prince of Wales, was passed by marriage to the father of King Robert the Bruce in 1271.

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