The image top is of the War Memorial at the
south side of the village. There is a notice
board here that gives information on farming in
the area such as the hardy Galloway cattle,
Galloway horses, Highland cattle, and from the
1800s most farms were mainly rearing sheep.
The image second top is of the Carsphairn
Community Gardens, opened in 2011, looking over
the Parish Church.
Carsphairn Parish Church was built in 1815.
This church replaced a church on the same site
built in 1636. That church was destroyed by
fire in 1815.
The view along the Main Street is looking
north with the former pub on the right, and
shop on the left.
The pub named Greystone’s has been closed
since 2011. Locals at one time attempted to
take it over to be run as a community pub. In
2017, the pub was being offered on the market
to be converted to a house.
Carsphairn Shop & Tearoom is situated in
the centre of the village. The shop attracts a
lot of passing trade with it being next to the
main road between Ayr and Castle Douglas.
B&B is situated on the Main Street with
views over the Rhinns of Kells mountain range
with the 2,671ft Corserine being
the highest on the range.
The Knowe B&B is
on the north end of the Main Street with views
over the Rhinns of Kells.
Centre is at the north entrance to
Carsphairn with the Village Hall across the
road. The centre is open 1st June to 25th
September, Thursday to Monday, 10am to 4pm.
The Heritage Centre has many old photos and
gives information on the village through the
The remains of the Woodhead Leadmines are
about a 1 mile walk from a car park just north
of the village. Lead was found here in 1837
with peak production between 1906 and 1914.
Lead mining closed here and most other areas in
Scotland around 1928, leading to the houses and
school being abandoned and falling into
The hike around the hills at the lead mines
is known as the North End of the
Rhinns of Kells, quite challenging over the
2,162ft Cairnsgarroch, 2,280ft Meaul, 2,011ft
Bow, 2,043ft Coran of Portmark, and 1,732ft
Black Craig. There are great views over
Loch Doon from
the top of these hills.
The 2,614ft Cairnsmore of
Carsphairn is situated on the north side of
the village, a top hike in the area. There are
a few routes to hike this mountain from fairly
easy, to fairly tough going up the southeast
route, as in the image right.
Remains of Neolithic Cairns, Bronze Age
Circles, and Iron Age Hillforts can be found in
1635 - Charles I granted a charter making
the Kirktoun of Carsphairn into a Burgh.