Things to do whilst enjoying your stay at Alloway Retreat

There are an abundance of things to do and see in the ayrshire and the west of Scotland You can choose as many things to do as you want or just sit in front of the fire in Alloway Retreat and do nothing...

STATELY HOMES & CASTLES

The area is rich in history and being in the west of scotland there are many historic castles,and stately homes some of them picture perfect like culzean castle which is a real draw for photographers..and the elegant Dumfries House

CULZEAN CASTLE, MAYBOLE

This clifftop mansion was built by Robert Adam for the last Earl of Cassillis in 1772-1790. There have been castles on this site since Culzean Castlethe late 14th century. The interior with its spectacular oval staircase and circular saloon is strikingly elegant. There is a fine collection of pictures, 18th century furniture and an armoury.The country park, with its beaches and rockpools, deer park, woodlands, gardens and vinery, has a wealth of interest. The beautiful Camellia House, Ice House and unique Pagoda have recently been restored.The visitor centre has a exhibition on the history of the castle and estate. Licensed restaurants, snack bars, plant centre, farm shop and park shop, ranger service, events and guided walks, and adventure playground.

DEAN CASTLE,DUNDONALD

Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park, covering over 200 acres, is nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock and offers something for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

The Country Park boasts beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, pets corner, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th century castle housing world class

DUMFRIES HOUSE

Dumfries House

Dumfries House is one of Britain's most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. With its sumptuous interiors and magnificent furnishings, all set in two thousand acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages. Built between 1754 and 1759 for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and with a unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the House has been described as an 18th century time-capsule since the principal rooms and their contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles. Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock, and when you see Edinburgh Castle you will understand why over a million visitors a year visit Edinburgh Castle.

When you come to Scotland and visit Edinburgh Castle you will see why the early inhabitants of the area we now call Edinburgh, made their first settlements here, in what is now the city of Edinburgh. People have always sought a safe refuge, and the volcanic rock that forms the base of Edinburgh Castle, has always afforded the ultimate safe and defensive position in Edinburgh

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland's favourite son.

The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world's most important collection of his life and works.

Golf South Ayrshire

BELLEISLE

This classic course set in Belleisle Park boasts beech tree lined and extra long fairways interlaced by the Curtecan Burn, combining natural landscape features with spectacular views over to the Isle of Arran

TROON DARLEY

If you are the kind of golfer who relishes a challenge then Darley is the course for you! Darley is a true links as in the wildcat variety. It has feline ferocity and abounds with the renowned Scottish hazards of heather, gorse and whin. Although not as long as Lochgreen, it is a tough test of golf, demanding the most accurate of drives.

GIRVAN

Girvan Golf Course shares the same stunning views towards Ailsa Craig as it's neighbour, Turnberry. Girvan Golf Course truly provides a journey of interest with the exposed first eight holes being pure Scottish links, immediately adjacent to the beach, and the remaining ten holes being parkland providing a variable challenge.

TURNBERRY

With the sea by your side and that famous lighthouse in the distance, there are few courses in the world that can match Turnberry for beauty or excitement.

A truly Scottish icon, Turnberry Resort, Scotland enjoys a spectacular coastal setting with breathtaking views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea. Surrounded by Scotland's most beautiful scenery, every visit is unforgettable.

ROYAL TROON

This is majestic links land with the back nine holes as demanding as any in championship golf. Royal Troon lies at the southern end of that beautiful stretch of Ayrshire coastline where golf was played long before the Troon Golf Club was founded in 1878.

Walking and Cycling

Walking and cycling are the best ways to experience the real Ayrshire. The network of paths provides access to a range of environments from beaches to wooded glens, hilltops to riverside strolls.

Paths range from around a kilometre to longer routes that can be tackled over a number of visits. In addition the National Cycle Route 7 passes through the length of Ayrshire and provides a safer and well signposted route for cyclists new and experienced.

Ayrshire has wildlife and scenery to enjoy from waves breaking on volcanic rocky shores to, wide sandy beaches, deep, green hillsides, lush golf courses, and narrow country lanes.

Isle of Arran

Arguably the most beautiful island in Europe, the isle of Arran is Scotland's most southerly and accessible island. The Island of Arran is a 55 minute ferry crossing from Ardrossan in south west Scotland which is less than a one hour drive from Glasgow. The moment you step aboard the ferry to Arran you will start to experience that strange but pleasurable sensation known as 'Island time' wash over you and take effect. As you set foot on Arran you will feel a million miles away from the stresses of everyday life, '.... in no time', as a feeling of relaxation, belonging and well being takes hold. You'll meet likeminded visitors and locals and experience events, attractions, activities and produce unique to the island of Arran.

Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse

The course is a flat left handed oval of about one and a half miles with a long run in which will test the most boldest of gallopers. The course benefits from being close to the West coast, the moderate climate and sandy soil combining to produce an excellent racing surface at all times of the year. There is also a steeplechase and hurdle course.


Useful Links

HORSERACING, CYCLING & WALKING

AYR RACE COURSE - www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
AYRSHIRE PATHS (CYCLING&WALKING) –www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk

AYR,SOUTH AYRSHIRE SCOTLAND

AYRSHIRE-ARRAN - www.ayrshire-arran.com
SCOTTISH TOURIST BOARD- www.visitscotland.co.uk
SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL – www.south-ayrshire.co.uk
NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND- www.nts.org.uk

GOLF COURSES

BRUNSTON CASTLE GOLF COURSE - www.brunstoncastle.co.uk

HISTORY & CASTLES


CULZEAN CASTLE & COUNTRYPARK-www.culzeanexperience.org
DUNDONALD CASTLE - www.dundonaldcastle.org
CROSSRAGUEL ABBEY-www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
BURNS NATIONAL HERITAGE- www.burnsheritagepark.com

HOTELS / RESTAURANTS

BRIG O' DOON - www.brigodoonhouse.com
HIGHGROVE - www.highgrovehouse.co.uk
BERESFORD - www.theberesfordayr.com
LOCHGREEN HOUSE -www.lochgreenhouse.com
PIERSLAND LODGE -www.piersland.co.uk
ELLIOTS CAFÉ BAR & BRASSERIE- www.elliots-prestwick.com
SCOTTS BAR TROON YACHTHAVEN-www.scotts-troon.com
LIDO - TROON-www.lido-troon.com
TREEHOUSE CAFÉ BAR- www.treehouse.co.uk
CECCHINIS-ITALIAN BISTRO-www.cecchinis.co.uk

TRAVEL

GLAGOW PRESTWICK AIRPORT - www.gpia.co.uk
GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL- www.glasgowairport.com
SCOTRAIL TRAINS-www.scotrail.co.uk
P&O TROON LARN FERRY-www.poirishsea.com

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