If gravestones could talk...they might tell dark tales of graverobbers and bodysnatchers, then lift hearts with memories of local heroes laid to rest.
This audio tour gives voice to a wealth of untold or forgotten secrets of St Nicholas Old Kirk in Prestwick, Scotland's oldest baronial burgh.
Local historians Alex Young and Alasdair Malcolm lead us from the buttressed ruins of the Old Kirk through an ancient burial ground rich in stories both dark and enlightening.
With a history stretching back over 1,000 years, the town claims links with Robert the Bruce and the fighting monks of Bannockburn.
Here, in the Old Kirkyard, is the last resting place of pioneer golfing champions, founder members of Prestwick Golf Club. And here, more gruesomely, is evidence of the 19th Century trade of bodysnatching in rare examples of iron-bolted mort stones installed by families to protect their loved ones from graverobbers.
Look also for symbols of resurrection in beautifully carved gravestones. And listen for the church bell, stolen one dark night…or so the story goes.
Uneven ground may present some obstacles. But you can stop and start whenever you like and the audio tour can also be accessed online and enjoyed from a distance as an audio/visual documentary with added Streetview. Details from www.walkingheads.net
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