Barrmill Walks – Way Marker 11


Here you have Geilsland on this side of the road and the Old Spiers School grounds on the other.

Geilsland

Geilsland House lies in between the village of Gateside and the town of Beith in North Ayrshire, Scotland. After serving as a private house it became a school and most recently (2015) has passed into the ownership of the Beith Development Community Trust.

Geilsland House may have been designed by Robert Samson Ingram (1841-1915) of J & R S Ingram, Kilmarnock.

The Church of Scotland established a Special School at Geilsand in 1964. Geilsland House was still part of Geilsland School until 2015, run by the Church of Scotland under its ‘Crossreach’ initiative. In late 2015, Geilsland House and associated buildings were sold to the Beith Development Community Trust with financial assistance from the Scottish Land Fund.

Geilsalnd House

Spiers

Spier’s school, at Beith, in North Ayrshire, Scotland was opened in 1888 and closed in 1972. The school, now demolished, was built using Ballochmyle red sandstone and was reminiscent of the ancient Glasgow University. The school motto was ‘Quod verum tutum’ (What is true is right). The gardens and woodlands are open to the public at all times.