Barrhill, South Ayrshire

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Barrhill is located in South Ayrshire
Location within South Ayrshire
OS grid referenceNX2382
• Edinburgh85 mi (137 km)
• London314 mi (505 km)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGirvan
Postcode districtKA26
Dialling code01465
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°06′12″N 4°46′12″W / 55.103246°N 4.770126°W / 55.103246; -4.770126Coordinates: 55°06′12″N 4°46′12″W / 55.103246°N 4.770126°W / 55.103246; -4.770126

Barrhill (Scots: Baurhill)[1] is a village in South Ayrshire, Scotland with a population of approximately 400 in 2001.[2]

While the surrounding area is predominantly agricultural land, the main local employer is Barr Construction Ltd. Local amenities include a village store and a Public House, "The Trout Inn",[3] formerly known as "The Commercial Hotel". On Main Street, in the centre of the village is Barrhill Bowling Club, affectionately known to locals as "The BBC".

The Cross Water (a tributary of the River Stinchar – not to be confused with the Cross Water of Luce) flows through the village.

Barrhill Primary School serves the local population, providing education for 5–11 year olds. In the 2006/7 academic year it had a roll of 34 pupils.[4]

Black Clauchrie House is a manor house and former hunting lodge, located just outside Barrhill. The house's architecture and decoration are a notable example of the Edwardian Arts and Crafts Movement.

Kildonan House is an impressive early 20th century mansion and former convent school, located slightly north of Barrhill. Originally constructed as the home of David Wallace, MP.[5]


Barrhill lies on the A714 road between Girvan and Newton Stewart. In addition, Barrhill railway station, on the Glasgow South Western Line is approximately 12 mile (800 metres) southwest of the village. This station featured in The Five Red Herrings, a 1931 Lord Peter Wimsey detective novel by Dorothy L Sayers.

Local history[edit]

In 1665, by the side of Cross Water in Barrhill, John Murchie and Daniel Mieklewrick were found by soldiers to be in possession of Bibles and assumed to be Covenanters and shot to death. They were buried on the spot, and a memorial was built, known as "The Martyrs' Tomb".[6]

"The Martyrs' Tomb Walk" is now a popular scenic walk which follows the banks of Cross Water for 600 metres (650 yards) from the bridge in the village centre to the tomb itself.


  1. ^ The Online Scots Dictionary
  2. ^ Barrhill Community Online Library
  3. ^ The Trout Inn Archived December 7, 2003, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ South Ayrshire School Rolls 2006/7 Archived April 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Kildonan House, Barrhill". Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  6. ^ The Martyrs' Tomb