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The Kirkton Inn

The Kirkton Inn

 

Family-owned bar & restaurant in the heart of Burns Country, Scotland

The Kirkton Inn was built in 1879 following on from the initial founders and settlers coming to the village in 1875.
The Inn is situated in the heart of Burns country in the picturesque village of Dalrymple, only two miles south of Alloway in Ayr, Ayrshire. Since its conception The Kirkton Inn gained a reputation as a well-respected restaurant and over time was the focal point of local residents and visitors alike.

In 2018 The Kirkton Inn  benefited from a substantial investment in order to restore the interior and exterior to its’ former glory and that is thanks to the new owners Heather & John Keenan, business owners and entrepreneurs based locally in Ayr.

The extensive renovation has benefited from a wealth of experience as its owners have over three decades of experience in Manufacturing from their successful Ayr business – It’s a marriage made in heaven.

Dumfries House Lodge

 

Welcome To Dumfries House Lodge.

Stay only a few metres from Dumfries House itself in one of our twenty two 5 Star en-suite guest rooms or alternatively try one of our luxury Self Catering cottages.

 

Sitting on the edge of 2,000 acres of the Dumfries House Estate and only a few hundred metres from Dumfries House itself, Dumfries House Lodge is an exclusive 5 star country Guest House offering luxury accommodation. Built in 1750 and in use a few years prior to the completion of Dumfries House, the ‘Garden Cottage’ as it was known in the 18th century, became the Factor’s house and remained so for over 200 years. We encourage our guests to think of their stay as a home-from-home and to make good use of our facilities during their stay. You will have free and open access to our sitting rooms, dining room and garden area throughout your stay.

The Tamar Manoukian New Cumnock Pool

 

Having been fully refurbished by the Dumfries House Trust in June 2017, this outdoor heated swimming pool, opposite the New Cumnock Town Hall, is for the community to enjoy.

 

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire is a unique and special place. So much so that the area has been designated a UNESCO ‘Biosphere’: a status awarded to world-class environments that demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature.

Our Biosphere offers a truly authentic lowland experience with remote open moorland, lonely lochs, quiet ancient oak woodlands, and picturesque villages all contributing to its character, providing opportunities for contemplation and awe. It is a place of cooperation and collaboration that shows that a sustainable way of living is not only possible but already happening!

The landscape and its people have fired the imagination of creative minds for centuries. Painters, musicians, crafts people and sculptors have been inspired by the area, it being home to world class environmental art including Striding Arches by Andy Goldsworthy.

For a truly authentic lowland Scotland experience you need to meet some of the people who live and work here. You can join one of our Biosphere Guides. They offer bespoke experiences tailored to show you some of the unique and memorable sites of our Biosphere. Alternatively, you might like to try our Biosphere Routes, specially designed to give you a self-guided experience around some of our hidden gems. Or perhaps you’d like to visit one of the Biosphere Communities where you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. However, you decide to explore our Biosphere you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Roundhouse at Loch Doon

 

 

Loch Doon is the largest inland loch in Southern Scotland with spectacular scenery. It is approximately 5 miles in length and 1 mile at it’s widest point. It nestles in the Galloway hills with stunning views of the Rhinns Of Kells.

Here you will find The Roundhouse Cafe and Osprey Lounge.

 

 

An absolute “must stop” not just for a welcome cuppa and snack but for magnificent views and of course the

wonderful Ospreys who breed nearby. They can be viewed from the Osprey Lounge and the owner will be only to happy to tell you anything he can about these wonderful birds.

 

 

 

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Craigengillan Estate

“Where natures magic grows”

 

Nestled deep within the grounds of Craigengillan Estate sit two beautifully restored cottages.

The cottages named ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Find Me Out’ sit peacefully in a sunny woodland glade by the banks of the rushing Glessel burn.

Whether you want somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or provide the perfect environment to celebrate that special moment, whatever the reason, we are sure our self service cottages will be perfect.

Find Me Out cottage has a double bedroom, bed can be split into two singles, a living room with a cosy log fire and sofa bed that sleeps two and a traditional kitchen, complete with a working Aga. A secure fenced garden for the dogs to play in, or the children to play safely in.

Forget Me Not, thatched cottage has a double bedroom upstairs, that can be split into two singles,(with option of extra bed), a double bedroom downstairs with a log fire, (with the option of another bed in there too). The kitchen/living room is complete with working aga. Has a sofa bed that can accommodate another two. Shower toilet downstairs, and bathroom upstairs. Secure fenced garden to the rear of the property that allows dogs and children to play safely.

Outdoors, there are a wide variety of things to see and do during your stay. From the Ness Glen gorge walk, to some fishing and outdoor activities, we have something for everyone.

 

Holly Tree Cottage and Crawfordston Cottage

 

 

Holly Tree Cottage

Straiton

Once a weaver’s home our grade C listed cottage, Holly Tree Cottage has been carefully modernised and retains all its charm and many period features. There are two double bedrooms one downstairs with original wood floor and one upstairs with separate dressing and seating area. The sitting and dining room has a large open fireplace for cosy nights in and roasting marshmallows. Our well-equipped kitchen has an electric, double oven cooker with ceramic hob, microwave, washing machine kettle and toaster. Next to the kitchen is the pantry with a fridge and freezer plus a good selection of cooking utensils, including a fish kettle and asparagus steamer.

We’ve a great selection of books and games plus we’ve free WiFi. The TV has the basic Sky channels and a DVD player and there’s lots of films. We’re also within a short stroll from the pub, shop, tea room, village hall, church and play park.

The shower room has a generous sized cubicle, heated towel rail and fan heater. Outside is a south facing patio with garden furniture and space for a barbecue where you can enjoy al fresco meals or just relax with a good book.

We’ve also a travel cot, high chair plus a comfortable chair bed which is suitable for a small adult or child.

 

 

Crawfordston Cottage

Kirkmichael

Whether you want a romantic break or a busy sight-seeing holiday Crawfordston Cottage is the perfect place to stay. It’s secluded and private but not far from the picturesque village of Kirkmichael with its excellent pub, the Kirkmichael Arms, and the well-stocked local shop and café. It’s the ideal base from which to explore and discover this delightful corner of Ayrshire.

The Cottage

 

Our spacious one-bedroomed cottage has been carefully restored and is a successful blend of contemporary and traditional styles. It is heated by an eco-friendly wood pellet boiler which provides hot water to the radiators and is an attractive feature with its cheery glow. All the accommodation is on one floor and is open plan. The bedroom has a king size bed with a very comfortable memory foam mattress, plenty of wardrobe space, a hairdryer, radio alarm and full length mirrors. Off the sitting room is the dining area, the well-equipped kitchen has an electric cooker with ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, larder fridge, freezer and toaster, plus a good selection of cookware. Next to this is a small utility cupboard with washing machine, iron and board and a clothes airer. The bathroom has shower over the bath.

     

http://www.holly-tree.co.uk/

https://crawfordston-cottage.com/

https://visitstraiton.com/

 

Adventure Carrick

 

Open all year round. Suitable for families, groups and individuals.

We have 15 years experience in providing high quality outdoor adventure experiences throughout the South West of Scotland including Watersports, Mountain Sports, Equipment Hire, Forest Activities.

Suitable for groups, families and individuals.

Open all year and based in Girvan, Ayrshire.

Indoor traversing wall

Dumfries House

You wouldn’t think it to look at it now, with its tranquil grounds and elegant drawing rooms, but the fate of one of Scotland’s grandest country houses hung in the balance not so long ago. Designed by venerated 18th century architects the Adams brothers, Dumfries House – once the playground of Britain’s richest landowners, the Marquesses of Bute – faced an uncertain future in 2007, while all of its cultural riches risked being divided up and sold off.

A royal intervention at the eleventh hour brought the drama to an end – but also marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for one of the UK’s true gems. In a bid to avoid calamity with the scattering of a precious cultural treasure trove, Prince Charles brought together heritage bodies and benefactors under the auspices of the newly-founded Dumfries House Trust to purchase the estate, stopping truckloads of furnishings in their tracks en route to Christie’s auction house in London.

Dumfries House has a fascinating history with the artefacts inside a testament to its long and chequered past. Built in the 1750s for William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and furnished with original Chippendale furniture delivered straight from the celebrated master cabinetmaker’s workshop, the house is something of a time capsule.

Following its acquisition by the consortium led by the HRH Princes of Wales, the estate re-opened in 2008 following a painstaking restoration. The crowning glory of the restoration remains the magnificent collection of some 50 pieces of Chippendale’s work, preserved examples of Britain’s finest ever craftsmanship saved for the nation and visitors to Scotland to enjoy for centuries to come.

Beautiful when catching the sunlight, the baronial pile is a marvel both inside and out, with each of its beautifully appointed rooms giving up the secrets of the Earls of Dumfries and later the Bute family who once called Dumfries House home.

While the mansion house is itself a huge draw, the sprawling 2,000-acre estate that envelopes it has taken on a lifeforce of its own, becoming one of the nerve centres for the important philanthropic work of the Prince’s Foundation. Nestled amongst the expansive woodland, the outbuildings provide a home for an outpost of the Royal Drawing School, which offers residencies to talented young artists, as well as an engineering school and a hospitality school, all of which have been a boon to the regeneration of the local area.

A crucial part of the renaissance of the estate is, of course, Dumfries House Lodge, luxury accommodation occupying the factor’s former house which dates back to 1750. A charming bolthole within easy reach of Scotland’s Central Belt, the lodge has become somewhat of a sought-after rural retreat for couples looking to escape the jolt of city life.

Designed to be a home away from home, thanks in part to its welcoming cottage feel, the impressively large, airy rooms have been sensitively decorated with floral patterns and pastel shades as well as specifically selected antique furniture. Most of the 22 en-suite rooms open out onto a courtyard, with the blissful sound of the burn and the chorus of birds emanating from the woodland beyond. There are also two self-catering cottages on the property, ideal for families looking for a weekend getaway in the lowland countryside.

With trails and pathways snaking through acres of woodland, there are hours of entertainment to be had for people of all ages. While children will make a beeline for the adventure playground and oriental maze, the green-fingered amongst you will be drawn by the siren call of the Queen Elizabeth walled garden. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the estate, it was a flagship project of the extensive restoration of the estate which saw a five-acre derelict site transformed into a stunning walled garden replete with new terraces and greenhouses.

The produce grown in abundance in the furrows and beds of the garden are not just to look at. As if to emphasise the self-sufficiency of this entrepreneurial powerhouse, the vegetables are harvested and used at the estate’s Woodlands Restaurant, one of the its crowning glories. Using all locally sourced ingredients, the dishes that leave the pass of this fine dining establishment offer a reimagining of Scottish cuisine – and a taste of the fruits of labour that have seen the estate’s fortunes change for the better.

 

Ayr Road Service Station

 

PETROL, DIESEL, CAR WASH

 

Ayr Road Service Station

We are not just a petrol station.

We also  offer a

Well stocked shop, 

Takeaway snack bar 

Launderette.

 

Blackstone Clydesdales

and

DIG-a-Day Experience

 

Our aim at the farm is to share our passion and knowledge of our Clydesdale Heavy Horses with you. The Blackstone centre was established to secure a way to care for our growing Scottish rare breed family, to give you a chance to experience the Clydesdale horse magic, learn about their lives on the farm and witness first hand these magnificent animals, so the Clydesdale Experience was born.

Without you and visitors like you helping along the way, by participating and spreading our Clydesdale Horse magic, Blackstone would not be able to support all our beautiful Clydesdales and farm animals in their forever home.

Your Experience is tailored to you, using your time to work, ride or drive our Clydesdale Heavy Horses. Try your hand at washing, grooming, mucking out, tacking up, bareback riding, herding on horseback, walking and feeding the animals.

Interacting with our Clydesdales, Heilan Coos, Alpaca’s and Mischievous Donkey while meeting the farm animals giving you an insight into their daily routine and lives.

This is your experience and will vary depending on your choices, skills, requirements, weather and the farms needs.

 

 

 

Fun DIGGER Experience from DIG-a-Day

Experience the fun and exhilaration with all types of excavators, learn about their uses, and feel first hand the excitement of the digger

With all types of excavators from Mini to 22 Ton muck shifters, this is you chance to operate and dig with these big beasties.

This Excavator driving experience utilizes Mini to 22Tton Excavators, and Tractors. You will be able to operate diggers, dig holes and live out those childhood fantasies!

East Ayrshire Council Dalmellington

Discover your SWC300

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Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Ellisland Museum and Farm. From 1788-1791, Ellisland Farm was the rural home of National Bard Robert Burns. He built the house for his family. Its fabulous location by the river Nith inspired him to write some of his most famous poems.

Today visitors can explore Burns’ farmhouse; the kitchen where meals were shared, his spence where genius was ignited. Then discover more about his life, work, and the setting that brought us Tam o’ Shanter, Banks O’ Doon and Auld Lang Syne.

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Doon Valley Railway

The Doon Valley Railway is a ‘living museum’.  Here unique and historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives are restored and can be seen working in an authentic setting.

We are the only Steam Railway in the south west of Scotland.

Travel behind one of our restored steam engines along a short section of track.
Want to come and visit?

See our website and select ‘Steam Days’ for more information on open days, times and admission costs.

www.doonvalleyrailway.co.uk .

The Doon Valley Railway

is located at Dunaskin, Waterside, Patna, near Dalmellington, KA6 7JF

The Knowe Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the heart of stunning country-side at the edge of The Galloway Forest Park in Carsphairn, South-west Scotland. Situated on the A713 – Galloway Tourist Route, half way between Castle Douglas and Ayr, this delightful Late Victorian former Manse House is steeped in history and is perfectly located for a short overnight stay or a longer relaxing getaway.

Each of the beautiful guest bedrooms at The Knowe Bed and Breakfast has been carefully designed with guest comfort and indulgence in mind. The bedrooms are fitted with latest LED Smart TV with full internet access and free WiFi. Guests can also enjoy complimentary tea/coffee making facilities and sweet treats.

Both shower rooms are fitted with fantastic Raindrop Showerheads and offer fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. The relaxing guest Sitting Room is an unexpected pleasure and the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day. With its cosy Log Burning Stove and sumptous soft furnishings it’s an ideal place to relax, read a book or watch TV.

Full Scottish breakfast is served each morning in the elegant, traditional Dining Room which overlooks the garden. The delicious choice of cooked breakfast from ‘The Kitchen’ and/or continental style from ‘The Counter’ is sure to set you up for the day!

With a huge variety of things to do and places to see just on the doorstep there’s definitely something for everyone here at The Knowe Bed and Breakfast, why not book today and come and see for yourself?

Blackaddie House is an award winning, luxury 4 Star Restaurant with Rooms. Set on the beautiful banks of the River Nith in the idyllic Dumfries and Galloway countryside, this 16th century country house is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Run by husband and wife team Ian and Jane McAndrew, Blackaddie is warm and welcoming. The hotel has a selection of luxury suites, rooms and three riverside cottages as well as being home to one of Scotland’s best restaurants. Awarded a 4 star Restaurant with Rooms rating by the AA and by Visit Scotland you can be assured of a great stay with friendly relaxed service when you visit Blackaddie House.

An ideal base to explore South West Scotland, Blackaddie is within easy distance of many of the regions key attractions. Dumfries House, Drumlanrig Castle, Crawick Multiverse and Scotland’s highest village, Wanlockhead are all just a short drive away. There are many golf courses nearby and fishermen can take advantage of easy access to the ever popular River Nith. The hotel is surrounded by wonderful walking and cycling country. You also have great access to both the South West Coastal 300, one of Scotland’s best known driving routes as well as the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s only official coast-to-coast long distance walking route.

Please mention this website when making an enquiry.

 
 
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