Dumfries House is 12 miles away, book to visit the restored mansion set in 2000 acres, or take a leisurely walk around the fantastic gardens and walled garden( a small fee is charged for the walled garden and maze.) There is plenty for children too, a maze, adventure play area and engineering play area. The Courtyard cafe has a lovely selection of refreshments, or take a picnic! There is an entrance fee for the house and it also needs to be booked in advance.
The Crawick Multiverse is only a few miles away. Wander around this fantastic land renovation and art project with stunning views over the countryside. There is a charge in season.
The stunning Drumlanrig Castle is just 15 minutes away by car, which offers tours of the Castle and beautiful gardens and fishing, mountain biking, hiking and an Adventure playground all available on the 90,000 acre Queensberry estate. A small fee is charged to park, visit the gardens and playground. To view the house you need to book ahead, but it is worth seeing inside.
The Mennock Pass is a stunning drive up to the village of Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland. At any time of year the scenery takes your breath away, and best of all, it is deserted! ( Well maybe not in the summer months, but there’s still space for everyone.) Park by the burn that runs alongside the road and stroll, climb, or take a picnic and admire the season’s colours and the hills reaching to the road. Whilst there take a visit to the mining museum and try your hand at mining for gold! ( There is an entrance fee for the museum and gold panning.)
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway, Ayr has various sites to stroll round and discover the inspiration behind many of Robert Burns’ works and where he lived. There is plenty of parking in the museum carpark and its a good base to start. The cafe is popular with a selection of Scottish fayre, and you can stroll round the memorial gardens, visit the Brig ‘o’Doon, see the church in which Robert Burns mentions in Tam’O’Shanter and visit the cottage of his childhood. There is a fee for entry to the museum and cottage, but if you are a member of the National Trust, it is free.
As we are located just off the A76, Darna Tighe is perfectly placed to visit Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway together with the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We want you to enjoy this lovely part of Scotland so don’t hesitate to ask us for any other ideas or information to make your stay special. And we love to hear about your trips because we are still discovering things too.