About the Area
The modern parish of Pinwherry and Pinmore is situated in rural South Carrick in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Carrick is the largest and most southerly of the three ancient kingdoms contained within modern South Ayrshire. In the 2nd century AD it was ruled by King Caractacus.
The names of hills, rivers and places in Carrick ( like Galloway to the south ) have their origins some 2500 to 3000 years ago in very ancient Gaelic or Brythonic dialect ( sometimes called Ancient Gallovidian Pictish Gaelic ) which was more like Welsh, Cornish or Breton. Over time the spellings have been anglicised to their present forms.
The parish of Pinwherry and Pinmore is situated about three and a half miles south of Girvan along the A714. It is set back from the sea by about 2 miles, as the crow flies, at it’s north end, to about five and a half miles at it’s south end. It covers an area roughly eleven miles from north to south and eight miles northwest to south east at it’s widest point. Looking at the OS Landranger map, No. 76, Girvan, the most northerly point is Penwhapple bridge, on the Pinmore to Penkill road. The most southerly is Farden Farmhouse, just south of Drumskeoch B&B off the A714, between Pinwherry and Barrhill. The western extreme is Knocklaugh Farm, on the Pinmore to Lendalfoot road, whilst the most easterly is the confluence of the Water of Muck and Gowan’s Burn, to the east of Mark Farm in the Muck Valley.
Pinwherry and Pinmore has a current population of approximately 300.
The tiny village of Pinwherry is the largest settlement. Pinmore is smaller, a clachan surrounding it’s green. Poundland, Daljarrock and Tormitchell are very small settlements, the latter with it’s important whinstone quarry. Scattered farms and dwellings add to the picturesque rural mix of fields and woodlands, streams, burns and rivers, hills and valleys, sheep and cattle and a single track railway which somehow evaded Dr. Beeching’s axe all those years ago.