This year is the first summer I have been able to drive, so to put me completely out of my comfort zone, I decided to take the 4 hour drive to Scotland to stay in a beautiful cottage on the Blairquhan Estate.
To ease myself into the long drive, we decided that on our journey North, we would take the opportunity and stay at Springkell for a night. We were warmly welcomed to the property by James, the owner, and we were soon settled into Kennel Cottage.
It was the perfect overnight stay and my little boy, Jacob, enjoyed exploring the grounds, plus discovered a range of ride-on toys in the garden of our cottage! The cottage was fantastic and we were sad to leave the following morning. We took the opportunity to stop off at Gretna Green whilst in the area and had fun exploring the maze and looking at all of the history in the area.
Our next stop was Blairquhan Castle. This was about a further 2 hour drive from Gretna. It was a beautiful drive that took you through the mountains and really showed of the magnificent scenery Scotland has to offer.
Arriving at the estate, we drove along the private road that led us to the castle...wow...the castle really does take your breath away, surrounded by beautiful scenery of the stream, farmland and woodland.
We were actually staying in one of the castle's 8 cottages; ours was situated in the courtyard of the old stables. It was fantastic to feel we were stepping into a piece of history, even though we weren't stay in the castle.
After settling into our cottage, we went to explore to estate; it was great knowing that nowhere on the estate was off limits! Between the beautiful walled gardens and the huge lake, we were just blown away by the setting. Our little boy had freedom to roam the estate and enjoyed the little play area just outside our cottage.
We soon discovered the area had plenty off attractions for families, from the long sandy beaches of Ayr to Heads of Ayr Farm on the cliff tops! This was my favourite and, as you can see below, had plenty to keep children occupied, as well as adults!
I couldn't resist visiting Culzean Castle whilst we were so close. I met the wonderful Helen, who showed us around the property; the views were out-of-this-world and the estate offered so much to keep guests of all ages entertained.
We made our way further down to the estate and discovered the castle's brand new adventure play ground. Even with the rain, it was amazing.
It is hard to explain how much there was to do, but it kept my little boy entertained for hours. We were constantly finding new ways and tunnels throughout the play area. Culzean Castle and Estate are definitely worth visiting if you are in the area, plus if you stay at the castle, you have free access to the estate activities!
It was coming to the end of our stay in Ayrshire, however I was thrilled to be able to be shown around Blairquhan Castle. The attention to detail inside the property is second-to-none and offers a great option for a range of events or stays. My favourite part of the castle was the main tower at the front. One of the bedrooms looks out over this tower and for weddings, the castle arranges a piper to climb out onto the roof and pipe the wedding party into the castle. How fantastic and authentic!
Whether you are looking to visit the area and stay in a cottage or experience a stay in one of our castle, please do give us a call or enquire now. I loved the area so much that I have already booked my stay for next year!