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Chris’s guidebook

Chris

Chris’s guidebook

Sightseeing
Things to do whilst you stay with us - and if we can help with your planning, or if you have any questions, just ask and we will be delighted to help.
This is a great place to visit. It's about a 20 minute drive from Doonbank. Parking is free, as is access to the extensive grounds. Dogs are allowed, but MUST be kept on a lead. The house is stunning and well worth a visit. However, you must book your tour in advance, so visit their website and get it booked! There is also a very nice cafe for food and beverages.
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Dumfries House
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This is a great place to visit. It's about a 20 minute drive from Doonbank. Parking is free, as is access to the extensive grounds. Dogs are allowed, but MUST be kept on a lead. The house is stunning and well worth a visit. However, you must book your tour in advance, so visit their website and get it booked! There is also a very nice cafe for food and beverages.
Lovely boat trip out to this iconic volcanic plug landmark from Girvan - about a 20 minute drive from Doonbank.
Ailsa Craig
Lovely boat trip out to this iconic volcanic plug landmark from Girvan - about a 20 minute drive from Doonbank.
Just a 2 minute drive from Doonbank is the heart of Alloway - with the Brig O'Doon, Burns National Heritage Museum, Burns Cottage and Alloway Kirk. A nice morning or afternoon wallowing in all that is Scotland's national Bard.
Alloway
Just a 2 minute drive from Doonbank is the heart of Alloway - with the Brig O'Doon, Burns National Heritage Museum, Burns Cottage and Alloway Kirk. A nice morning or afternoon wallowing in all that is Scotland's national Bard.
Right on the coast and overlooking the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig, Culzean Castle [prounced cullane], on the Ayrshire coast, is about a 20 minute drive from Doonbank Cottage. The castle is the most visited property of the National Trust for Scotland. Culzean Castle was built in the late sixteeth century, above a network of caves. The castle became a centre for smuggling during the eighteenth century. Over 600 acres of woodland to wander around.
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Culzean Castle
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Right on the coast and overlooking the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig, Culzean Castle [prounced cullane], on the Ayrshire coast, is about a 20 minute drive from Doonbank Cottage. The castle is the most visited property of the National Trust for Scotland. Culzean Castle was built in the late sixteeth century, above a network of caves. The castle became a centre for smuggling during the eighteenth century. Over 600 acres of woodland to wander around.
Loch Doon is where the River Doon rises. Just a 45 minute drive from Doonbank with stunning scenery and resident Ospreys. Coupled with a visit to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory which was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe this is a lovely day and evening out.
Loch Doon
Loch Doon is where the River Doon rises. Just a 45 minute drive from Doonbank with stunning scenery and resident Ospreys. Coupled with a visit to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory which was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe this is a lovely day and evening out.
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is an astronomical observatory located near Loch Doon Loch Doon, East Ayrshire, Scotland. It is situated on a hilltop site overlooking the Craigengillan Estate and Dalmellington. You will need to book in advance and you will need to print directions as some people have found it tricky to find
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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
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The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is an astronomical observatory located near Loch Doon Loch Doon, East Ayrshire, Scotland. It is situated on a hilltop site overlooking the Craigengillan Estate and Dalmellington. You will need to book in advance and you will need to print directions as some people have found it tricky to find
Catch an early ferry from Ardrossan (a 45 min drive from Doonbank) and within an hour you will arrive on what is often described as 'Little Scotland'. Lots to do - from amazing walkin up Goats Fell, to visiting a whole host of attractions around the island. Book in advance. A great day out.
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Arran
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Catch an early ferry from Ardrossan (a 45 min drive from Doonbank) and within an hour you will arrive on what is often described as 'Little Scotland'. Lots to do - from amazing walkin up Goats Fell, to visiting a whole host of attractions around the island. Book in advance. A great day out.
Food scene
Local places to eat from as little as a couple of minutes away
Only a 2 minute drive or 15 minute walk from Doonbank and close to the heart of Alloway and all things Rabbie Burns. Lovely service and a great location including the famous Brig O'Doon - with Tam O'Shanter, Meg and Nannie the Witch!! Food is very reasonably priced and the lads and lassies that serve you are lovely. A great Scottish experience and great for all occasions - from romantic to meeting friends and family.
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Brig o' Doon House Hotel
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Only a 2 minute drive or 15 minute walk from Doonbank and close to the heart of Alloway and all things Rabbie Burns. Lovely service and a great location including the famous Brig O'Doon - with Tam O'Shanter, Meg and Nannie the Witch!! Food is very reasonably priced and the lads and lassies that serve you are lovely. A great Scottish experience and great for all occasions - from romantic to meeting friends and family.
Indian eat in or takeaway and just a 2 minute drive from Doonbank. Good indian food and reasonably priced. https://priyakitchen.com/
Priya Authentic Indian Kitchen
6 Cumbrae Dr
Indian eat in or takeaway and just a 2 minute drive from Doonbank. Good indian food and reasonably priced. https://priyakitchen.com/
@home Thai & Grill restaurant is simply delighful. Lovely attentive service and fantastic food. About an 18 minute drive from Doonbank, but well worth it if you like thai food. Book in advance. Check out their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AtHomeAyr/
95-97 New Rd
95-97 New Rd
@home Thai & Grill restaurant is simply delighful. Lovely attentive service and fantastic food. About an 18 minute drive from Doonbank, but well worth it if you like thai food. Book in advance. Check out their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AtHomeAyr/
Not cheap - but an afternoon tea at Turnberry is a really delicious treat and one you won't forget. Lovely surroundings and a chance to view one of Scotland's premier golf courses and (not a lot of people know this), you can borrow a pitching iron and putter and play their pitch and putt for free. Then you can say you have played one of the top golf courses in Scotland! Even if you are not into golf, it's good for a laugh :) Book in advance
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Turnberry Golf Course
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Not cheap - but an afternoon tea at Turnberry is a really delicious treat and one you won't forget. Lovely surroundings and a chance to view one of Scotland's premier golf courses and (not a lot of people know this), you can borrow a pitching iron and putter and play their pitch and putt for free. Then you can say you have played one of the top golf courses in Scotland! Even if you are not into golf, it's good for a laugh :) Book in advance