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Alex's Guidebook

Sightseeing
Places to visit while in the area. Just ask for more information
This property is about 35 mins drive from Woodside. It is the jewel in the crown of National Trust property in Scotland. One of the most visited estates in Britain and it is well worth a visit. Don't miss the Electric Brae on the way there, or a visit to Dunure Harbour which was also a filming location for Outlander.
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Culzean Castle
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This property is about 35 mins drive from Woodside. It is the jewel in the crown of National Trust property in Scotland. One of the most visited estates in Britain and it is well worth a visit. Don't miss the Electric Brae on the way there, or a visit to Dunure Harbour which was also a filming location for Outlander.
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.
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Dean Castle Country Park Riding Centre
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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.
Home of Scotland’s National poet, Rabbie Burns. Perhaps best known the world over for the song “For Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung at New Year celebrations. Our daughter Hannah will be holding her wedding reception here in March 2020. Don't miss a visit to the thatched cottage and follow the "Poet's Walk" along to the museum. Have a drink or a coffee in the "Brig O' Doon" Hotel which is close by, and don't forget to visit the Auld Brig at Alloway where the drunken Tam's horse Meg lost her tail to Cutty Sark in the famous story of "Tam O' Shanter"
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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
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Home of Scotland’s National poet, Rabbie Burns. Perhaps best known the world over for the song “For Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung at New Year celebrations. Our daughter Hannah will be holding her wedding reception here in March 2020. Don't miss a visit to the thatched cottage and follow the "Poet's Walk" along to the museum. Have a drink or a coffee in the "Brig O' Doon" Hotel which is close by, and don't forget to visit the Auld Brig at Alloway where the drunken Tam's horse Meg lost her tail to Cutty Sark in the famous story of "Tam O' Shanter"
Local Library and Museum. Somewhere to explore on a rainy day!
Dick Institute
Local Library and Museum. Somewhere to explore on a rainy day!
Great insight into life in Scotland in times gone by. Visit Glasgow
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People's Palace
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Great insight into life in Scotland in times gone by. Visit Glasgow
Must visit home of Salvador Dali’s famous work - Christ of St John on the cross. Large museum and art gallery.
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Must visit home of Salvador Dali’s famous work - Christ of St John on the cross. Large museum and art gallery.
Museum of all things transport with great insight into Glasgow life in times gone by. Set on the River Clyde. Good cafe.
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Riverside Museum
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Museum of all things transport with great insight into Glasgow life in times gone by. Set on the River Clyde. Good cafe.
Home of our National Bard. Robert (Rabbie) Burns is recognised the world over as one of the finest poets who ever lived. ‘O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!’ Traditional Scottish cottage. They used to sleep next to their animals for warmth........ We hope Woodside is cosier than that!
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Burns Cottage
16 Alloway
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Home of our National Bard. Robert (Rabbie) Burns is recognised the world over as one of the finest poets who ever lived. ‘O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!’ Traditional Scottish cottage. They used to sleep next to their animals for warmth........ We hope Woodside is cosier than that!
Home of all things botanical including the ‘Voodoo Orchid’ which stinks!
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Glasgow Botanic Gardens
730 Great Western Rd
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Home of all things botanical including the ‘Voodoo Orchid’ which stinks!
Engineering marvel. This ingenious device uses gravity to lift barges up over 24 metres. Tours daily
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Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre
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Engineering marvel. This ingenious device uses gravity to lift barges up over 24 metres. Tours daily
Iconic sculpture. Walk here from the Falkirk Wheel or do it the other way round. Nice cafe
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The Kelpies
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Iconic sculpture. Walk here from the Falkirk Wheel or do it the other way round. Nice cafe
Shopping on the side of one Scotland’s most beautiful lochs.....
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Loch Lomond Shores
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Shopping on the side of one Scotland’s most beautiful lochs.....
Beautiful ’folly’. Walks and spectacular architecture. Visit while on Bute
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Mount Stuart
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Beautiful ’folly’. Walks and spectacular architecture. Visit while on Bute
Please try to catch a game of football at the home of Kilmarnock FC and the famous ‘Killie Pie’. Use KA1 1UR as the postcode if you are travelling to Rugby Park, this will take you to Dundonald Place and the south entrance to Rugby Park.
Rugby Park Kilmarnock FC
Please try to catch a game of football at the home of Kilmarnock FC and the famous ‘Killie Pie’. Use KA1 1UR as the postcode if you are travelling to Rugby Park, this will take you to Dundonald Place and the south entrance to Rugby Park.
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.
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Dumfries House
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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.
Food scene
Places where we love to eat.
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Brig o' Doon House Hotel
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Scotts Bar & Restaurant
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Lido
11 W Portland St
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Fresh fish straight from the boat! Posh fish 'n chips :-)
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MacCallums Oyster Bar
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Fresh fish straight from the boat! Posh fish 'n chips :-)
Converted church. Now a restaurant, pub and theatre. Don’t miss their excellent Play, a Pie and a Pint series.
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Òran Mór
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Converted church. Now a restaurant, pub and theatre. Don’t miss their excellent Play, a Pie and a Pint series.
Great pub grub on the way to or from Culzean Castle. Say hello to Michael from me!
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Souters Inn
33 Main Rd
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Great pub grub on the way to or from Culzean Castle. Say hello to Michael from me!
Straightforward pizza place 10 min drive but why not walk and have a glass of wine.
Cafe Da Vinci
17 Strand Street
Straightforward pizza place 10 min drive but why not walk and have a glass of wine.
Good local pub grub.
The Long House
130 Titchfield St
Good local pub grub.
10 minute walk. Cakes to die for and a lovely morning coffee or lunch venue.
BELLO LUCA
118 Glasgow Road
10 minute walk. Cakes to die for and a lovely morning coffee or lunch venue.
Delicious Chinese cuisine. Lovely surroundings and champagne bar.
La Dragon
3 Saint Marnock Place
Delicious Chinese cuisine. Lovely surroundings and champagne bar.
Set within The Park hotel , Blues Restaurant has been recently refurbished
Blues Restaurant
Set within The Park hotel , Blues Restaurant has been recently refurbished
The Duke
53 John Finnie Street
Great traditional fish n’ chips only 5 minute walk away.
Frydays
3 Innellan Drive
Great traditional fish n’ chips only 5 minute walk away.
Neighbourhoods
Villages and towns to visit while in the area.
Quiet seaside town. nice coffee shops and quirky gift emporiums. Don't miss a walk along the beach and a look at the world famous Open championship Golf Course. Park at the Ballust Bank. Have lunch at Scotts at the marina or The Lido in the centre of town
Troon
Quiet seaside town. nice coffee shops and quirky gift emporiums. Don't miss a walk along the beach and a look at the world famous Open championship Golf Course. Park at the Ballust Bank. Have lunch at Scotts at the marina or The Lido in the centre of town
just 15 minutes up the M77. One of the longest shopping malls in Scotland with designer shops etc
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Silverburn Shopping Centre
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just 15 minutes up the M77. One of the longest shopping malls in Scotland with designer shops etc
Heart of University life in Glasgow. Quirky shops, cafes and pubs. Don't miss a pint in Oran Mor, and a visit to the Botanic Gardens.
Byres Road
Heart of University life in Glasgow. Quirky shops, cafes and pubs. Don't miss a pint in Oran Mor, and a visit to the Botanic Gardens.
Designer shops and cafes in the heart of Glasgow.
Princes Square
48 Buchanan St
Designer shops and cafes in the heart of Glasgow.
Short ferry ride from Largs. Hire bikes and cycle around the island. Great day out.
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Millport
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Short ferry ride from Largs. Hire bikes and cycle around the island. Great day out.
Situated on the Isle of Arran. 45 minute by ferry from Ardrossan. Visit Brodick Castle or climb Goat Fell. Easily achievable in a day with an early start. Ferry timetable operated by Caledonian MacBrayne.
Brodick
Situated on the Isle of Arran. 45 minute by ferry from Ardrossan. Visit Brodick Castle or climb Goat Fell. Easily achievable in a day with an early start. Ferry timetable operated by Caledonian MacBrayne.
Short ferry crossing from Wemys Bay. Follow in the footsteps of the Glasgow folk who used to travel ‘doon the watter’ Don’t miss the Victorian toilets! Take the car over and visit Mount Stuart House
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Rothesay
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Short ferry crossing from Wemys Bay. Follow in the footsteps of the Glasgow folk who used to travel ‘doon the watter’ Don’t miss the Victorian toilets! Take the car over and visit Mount Stuart House
Health
All things healthy and unhealthy
All manner of sports at affordable rates. Easy parking
Galleon Centre
99 Titchfield Street
All manner of sports at affordable rates. Easy parking
I will fix you...
University Hospital Crosshouse
I will fix you...
Within 15 mins walking distance for all medicinal needs
E.J.Templeton Numark Pharmacy
14 Dean Street
Within 15 mins walking distance for all medicinal needs
Hosts Parkrun every Saturday. Slip on your trainers. We’re within hopping distance of the start line!
Dean Castle & Country Park Visitor Centre and Cafe
Hosts Parkrun every Saturday. Slip on your trainers. We’re within hopping distance of the start line!
Recommend the Kayak Adventure when visiting www.kayakarran.co.uk
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Isle of Arran
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Recommend the Kayak Adventure when visiting www.kayakarran.co.uk