The Old Byre, East Lochhead Self Catering Cottage
Ross and Janet are happy to advise on activities and places of interest to visit within the local area or wider region. Following are some of the most popular ones.
Castle Semple Activities Centre, courses in map & compass reading, sailing, kayaking, orienteering. RSPB Centre – Bird watching, pond dipping, fishing, cycle hire, walking, golf.
Largs is a busy seaside town, (only 20 minutes from Lochwinnoch) where the Viking festival is held annually at the end of August/September. Largs Yacht Haven is a busy sailing centre. Kelburn Country Park offers riding, falconry, and many woodland activities for children. Largs Golf Club & Routenburn Golf Club offer spectacular views over to Arran. Take the ferry to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae where cycle hire and the 11 mile round trip of the island is recommended. Cumbrae Voyages offer marine wildlife voyages around Cumbrae, or take a trip on the ocean going Paddle Steamer Waverley during July and August. Calmac Ferries visit the Isle of Arran where Brodick Castle lies at the foot of Goat Fell, and at Loch Ranza there is a whisky distillery. Close to Ayr is Robert Burns Heritage centre and Culzean Castle as well as the famous open golf courses at Troon and Turnberry.
A ferry to Dunoon opens up opportunities to visit Benmore Gardens, Inverarry Castle, Inverarry Gaol and the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. A drive to Tarbet on Loch Lomond provides a circular route back to Lochwinnoch via Luss, Balloch and the Erskine Bridge.
Take the train from Lochwinnoch to one of the world’s top ten cities. It hosts some wonderful art galleries, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, Burrell Collection, and museums – Huntarian, Transport Museum, Museum of Modern Religions, The Glasgow Science Centre. Buildings to visit include – the Cathedral, the City Chambers, Pollok House. The Rennie Macintosh Trail includes Glasgow School of Art, Scotland Street School, the Lighthouse Centre, Queen Margaret’s Church, Willow Tea Rooms and the Hillhouse in Helensburgh. Musically there is a choice between Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Concert Hall, Scottish Exhibition Centre, City Hall and live theatres. Celtic Connections folk music festival in January/February have a growing international reputation. There are also very many first classes restaurants, bars and clubs