Beautiful house and gardens restored to full glory by HRH Prince of Wales. Lovely tearoom, garden and grounds. One of finest collections of Chippendale furniture in the world. 30 minute drive.
Dumfries House Set in 2,000 acres, this stunning Estate and 18th-century house with its unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture has something for everyone.
A fantastic restoration championed by Prince Charles. Check website for opening.
Take a walk around the maze or the gardens. Stop for some lunch in the cafe or visit the estate home
Lovely walks, restaurant, cafe, play park. Saved by the intervention of His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2007, Dumfries House combines the neoclassical architecture of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th-century Scottish cabinet makers…
“Outlander location just opposite Woodside. Dean Castle houses mediaeval armour and one of the most important collections of ancient musical instruments in Europe. Lovely walks and a reasonable cafe. Home to Kilmarnock’s weekly Parkrun event. ”
“Great buffet selection at weekends or a more formal restaurant in the evenings. Good in the winter with the log fire.”
“Electric Brae is another popular tourist attraction. It is modest but I would tell anyone to drive there, even for the breathtaking views alone! 15 mins away and en route to Heads of Ayr Farm Park, this optical illusion makes a freewheeling vehicle appear to be drawn uphill by a mysterious force. Historically, it was incorrectly thought that there was a magnetic or electric attraction causing it. It is, however, an optical illusion. Beware of slow moving cars as you approach! ”
“Recommended by Dave. A great Historic Scotland attraction and very close by. Children can dress up as princesses or knights and "storm" the castle up the hill! There is also a fun question sheet for the children to fill in and learn about the castle history. Good exhibition and excellent cake in the visitor centre. Although not attached, there is also a children's playground just behind the visitor centre and car park. Free parking but watch out - it's easy to miss the turning into Winehouse Yett in Dundonald!”