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See And Do

Easy to reach and even easier to explore, Ayrshire & Arran sits on the west coast of Scotland with its wonders of island life, countryside towns and sandy shores.

ACTIVITIES 
We can arrange a number of activities that can take place on the Estate, including Mini Highland Games and Falconry.

Further afield, we have access to a Shooting School, where everyone can try their hand at Fly Fishing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Rifle Shooting and Archery.  A great day out.

ESTATES and GARDENS

Dumfries House is well worth a visit and is 4o minutes drive from Blair.  Set in 2,000 acres, this stunning estate and 18th-Century house with its unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture has something for everyone.

The Walled Garden –  over the past two years this garden has been transformed from a derelict dumping site to a magnificently restored garden with a mixture of terraces, new greenhouses, formal areas and a one and a half acre Education Garden. Open all year round.  www.dumfries-house.org.uk

Culzean Castle and Country Park – National Trust for Scotland Woods, beaches, secret follies, play park and a cliff-top castle – a fantastic day out. www.nts.org.uk/culzean

This glorious 260 ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.

The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.

ISLANDS
Just a short ferry ride across the Firth of Clyde and you can explore either Arran or Cumbrae, or even both! Experience perfect island life, which is full of tasty food and drink, exciting outdoor activities and beautiful views.

FOOD AND DRINK
There are numerous restaurants near to Blair House, one of which is Braidwoods with its Michelin Star, which is only 10 minutes away. www.braidwoods.co.uk.

Try heading to the coast to sample the wonderful fish available. In the house, we have a list of restaurants that we have tried and recommend.

FESTIVALS
There are a number of Festivals throughout the year, which can be enjoyed by all.  Here are a few examples:

Boswell Book Festival – is held in May at Dumfries House.
THE WORLD’S ONLY FESTIVAL OF BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR – The Boswell Book Festival is a great example of an event that mixes Scottish history and tradition, with contemporary culture and an iconic setting to create something really special for visitors.

Largs Food Fest – last weekend in May

Ballantrae Food Festival – second weekend in June at Ballantrae Harbour in South Ayrshire.

Glasgow Fair – The Glasgow Fair is a holiday usually held during the second half of July in Glasgow. ‘The Fair’ is the oldest of similar holidays and dates to the 12th century. The fair’s earliest incarnation occurred in 1190, when Bishop Jocelin obtained permission from King William the Lion to hold the festivities.

Largs Viking Festival – first week in September.
Started in 1980 this Annual Festival marks the 1263 Battle of Largs, the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse.
Each year the living history Viking Village is open to the public so that they can get a glimpse of what life would have been like in a 13th Century Viking Village.

The Cumnock Tryst – last weekend in September.
It is a music festival launched in 2013 by eminent composer and local boy James MacMillan, with Nicola Benedetti as patron. Brass and choral music are two especially strong traditions in Cumnock

Illumination – Irvine Harbour’s Festival of Light – last weekend in November.
The sky will light up with fireworks and Irvine’s sleepy, historic waterfront will shimmer into life this St Andrew’s Day as we celebrate the start of our four night art and light spectacular, illumination: Harbour Festival of Light.

Celtic Connections – last two weeks of January.  It is the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music.

 

 


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