Cycling, walking, golf, weddings and relaxation, we have all of these and more in the Maybole area of Ayrshire. We have a good supply of ancient castles, Culzean being the most visited of these, some of the finest golf courses and scenic cycling routes. Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 passes our door. The cottage is also very near to the popular wedding venues, Dalduff Barn and Blairquhan Castle. So come and enjoy fresh unpolluted air, pretty villages and of course, this is Burns country.
Visit the NTS flagship property, beautiful Culzean Castle and Country Park . The 18th century castle, perched on a cliff just 4 miles west of Maybole, is surrounded by approx 600 acres of picturesque countryside with lovely walks, stunning views, pretty gardens and golden sands. If this doesn’t satisfy your taste for history, there are twenty six other castles in the Carrick area of South Ayrshire. Blairquhan and Cloncaird are both a short drive from us, ruins of Crossraguel, Dalquharran, Dunure and Greenan castles are also worth a visit.
Read about one of our recent visits to Culzean here Culzean in Midwinter
Coastal Villages and The Coastal Path
Within 15 minutes drive visitors can access the lovely small coastal villages of Dunure and Maidens with their picturesque harbours and pretty stone cottages. Maidens also has a lovely sandy beach which is easy to access. The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs from Glenapp to Skelmorlie covering 100 miles of stunning coastline with views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran. Some parts of the path are better suited to well equipped, agile walkers and there is a link on our links page where you can find advice and the detailed route.
Ailsa Craig viewed from the coastal route
Isle of Arran
The Isle of Arran sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre and can be easily reached by ferry from Ardrossan, which is about 40 minutes by car from the cottage. The island is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide and has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes. With beautiful villages on Arran's stunning coastline and a mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south, it makes a memorable day trip.
With Arran's own distillery (also a great lunch stop with excellent homemade food) at Lochranza and Arran Aromatics and Arran Cheeses in Brodick you are sure to find plenty of gifts and goodies to take home from your holiday. Brodick Castle is a lovely historic National Trust property open during the high season.
A post about our annual winter break in Arran can be found here December in Arran
Many of our short break guests are here to celebrate the marriage of family and friends. The cottage is very close to The Barn at Dalduff in Crosshill and Blairquhan Castle just outside the village, making Lilac Bank Cottage the perfect place to stay.
Dumfries House, a Neoclassical mansion designed by architect Robert Adam and built in the 18th century was saved by the intervention of HRH Prince Charles in 2007. It is set in a 2000 acre estate with beautiful gardens which have been recently restored and include a lovely walled garden, lovely restaurant and an unrivalled Chippendale collection. It makes a great day out with free entry and parking and is around 35 minutes by car from Lilac Bank Cottage.
This is Burns country and even without trying, you will stumble upon the many reminders of this. Robert Burns was born in Alloway on 25 January 1759 and the cottage which is still there is now home to Burns Museum. This is a good starting point for The Burns Heritage Trail which tracks his journey through life in Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway and the beautiful surroundings that inspired his verse.
The Galloway Forest , A Dark Sky Park
We are close to the northern edge of The Galloway Forest. Established in 1947 this area covers 300 square miles which makes it Britain's largest forest park. In 2009 it became a designated Dark Sky Park.
Cycling and Walking
If cycling is your passion, we are very well placed for Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 (Carlisle to Inverness) which goes straight past our door. There are some lovely quiet roads for cycling with plenty of cycle paths and we can provide safe cycle storage.
Walking in the beautiful countryside around Crosshill and Maybole is a popular pastime for many villagers and holiday makers. Whether you leave from the front door or take your car a short distance and follow one of the set walks, there are endless routes to tread. Up into the hills or along one of the coastal routes, the scenery is stunning. Our regular walk is a 3 mile stroll which takes us on a round trip out through the front door up out of the village and then every left turn until we end up back at the house.
More about our favourite walk here Autumn Walk
Golf and Fishing
In addition to the championship courses of Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick, South Ayrshire offers many fine municipal golf courses. A few minutes drive will take you to Maybole’s 9 hole course and a short drive through the beautiful Girvan Valley to Brunston (18 hole), Turnberry is a 20 minute drive, Royal Troon and Prestwick 30 mins. Fishing is another pastime greatly enjoyed in this area and there are many delightful spots.