The village of Maybole is located just ten minutes' walk from The Ranch and sits amidst quiet rolling hills in the heart of Burns Country.
All major amenities are available including
Jewel in the National Trust for Scotland crown, Culzean sits a mere 5 minute drive from The Ranch, perched on a cliff towering above the Firth of Clyde. This deeply romantic 18th century castle really is steeped in history and its 500 acre grounds are resplendent at any time of year. It has a well-appointed Visitor Centre, shops, a restaurant and picnic area - worthy of a whole day trip.
Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for the whole family. The country park, covering over 200 acres, is nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock and offers something for everyone to enjoy.
A Palladian villa design with two thousand acre estate featuring irreplaceable collections of furniture and ornate plaster ceilings
For a unique encounter with the life of Scotland's National Bard - taking in his birthplace and places he wrote of in his poems and songs; a treasure trove of exhibits and scenes from his life, and the area around which he was brought up - make the short drive into Alloway on the edge of the county town of Ayr and soak up the atmosphere.
A thatched outbuilding in the garden houses life-sized sculptures of Tam, Souter Johnnie and Nance Tunnock, much as Robert Burns visualised them - ‘fast by an ingle, bleezing finely’.
Bachelors’ Club is a must-see for Burns fans and gives a rare insight into the secrets of male social life of the age. Downstairs is an 18th-century living space, while upstairs are the meeting rooms once used by Burns and his friends.
Visit some new furry friends - feed and touch the animals and try out quad biking, ringo sledging and trampolining. Enjoy the outdoor and indoor play areas, the bumper boats and water wars. Terrific fun for kids of all ages.
The award winning Vikingar! is situated adjacent to the promenade in the beautiful coastal town of Largs, and boasts views over the Firth of Clyde, the Isles of Cumbrae and beyond. In addition to the historical and action-packed Viking Experience, there is the Barrfields Pavilion Theatre, a 4 lane 25m pool and a teaching pool for beginners or younger swimmers plus a host of other leisure facilities are on offer including the air-conditioned KA Fitness Studio, making Vikingar! the ideal day out for all the family.
Ayr is a popular seaside resort, complete with charming sea front. A fantastic esplanade with a long sandy beach which is perfect for walking. Ayr Racecourse, dating back to the 16th century, is the venue of the Scottish Grand National. Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, was born in Alloway, on the outskirts of the town. There are also great shopping and dining facilities in Ayr and three public golf courses: Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling.
Troon is a small seaside town in Ayrshire that overlooks the Isle of Arran. The charming town Troon is a wonderful destination for a day out at the beach or a relaxed seaside holiday.
Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills to discover picturesque forest trails, three friendly visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and a long and colourful history.
Here you can enjoy great walking, easy family cycling, exhilarating mountain biking or just sit back and soak up breathtaking loch and mountain views and starry night skies.
Maybole is a historic burgh south of Ayr on the busy A77. Just a minute away and you are in rolling hills and farmland. There are farm, field and woodland walks, river side strolls and hill top views. Nearby cycle paths take visitors north to Ayr or south into the Galloway Forest on cycle route 7.
The Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) from Glenapp to Skelmorlie runs 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.
Glentrool 7stanes mountain biking trails offer fun routes for families and beginners, a great blue-grade trail and a long forest road-based ride, all with stunning scenery.
Our own Mochrum Fishing Club, close to Maybole, offers some excellent loch fishing - 24 acres stocked with brown, blue and rainbow trout. The loch is open 7 days a week, with the exception of competition days (the first Sunday of each month). A boat is available for disabled anglers, fitted to take wheelchairs and powered by an outboard motor. Permits to fish the lake can be bought at the Station Store at Maybole Railway Station.
Not too far afield, at Ayr Harbour, Maidens and Girvan, there's good sea angling to be had - for example, from Ayr Pier, and by boat charter from Girvan Harbour.
The River Girvan Angling Club offers salmon and wild trout fishing on approx. 1 mile of the river Girvan and rainbow trout fishing at the stocked Glendrissaig Reservoir near the town
The Penwhapple Reservoir sits just five miles to the north of Girvan, on the Barr road. Here you will find boat and bank fishing for brown trout. The season runs April 1st - September 30th.
A 9 acre loch full of good fighting rainbow trout, up to around 20lb, and some good brown trout, too.
Dalvennan Country Sports Fishery can be accessed by taking the A713 from Ayr to Patna, following signs from Patna to Kirkmichael on the hill road. This stocked fishery - open all year - features bank fishing for rainbows, browns and steelhead trout, and the licensed clubhouse serves hot and cold snacks all day.
Coyle Water Fishery is around 1 mile north of Coylton off the A70, and you can fish for fully finned hard fighting trout on either the main fly-only lochan or on the bait pond. It boasts a comfortable lodge with excellent facilities and disabled access to all areas. It's an ideal family venue with both fly and bait fishing available
Open all year, Annbank Fishery is just at the edge of the village of Annbank, and around about 4 miles east of Ayr. The 2 acre lochan holds Grade 1 rainbow, blue and brown trout - weight range from 2lbs to more than 10lb.
3 miles to the south of Fenwick (follow the signs for Waterside and the Craufurdland Estate), this stocked fishery is open throughout the year. There's bank and boat fishing for rainbows, browns and golden trout, and Craufurdland also has a tackle shop offering refreshments and lessons.
Just 2 miles to the east of Largs off the A760 Dalry Road. The A760 branches off Irvine Road to the south of Largs town centre at the Haylie Hotel. This year-round stocked loch features bank fishing for rainbows and browns.
Maybole's own club has a delightful nine-hole course offering splendid views over the Carrick Hills. This rather hilly course boasts undulating fairways and small, well protected greens that call for shot-making of a high standard. Enjoyed by golfers of varying ability, Maybole is a splendid course to play - providing the ideal wake-up call before tackling the more testing tracks.
Doon Valley epitomises the friendly atmosphere found at smaller local courses in Scotland. With only just over 100 golfers the club may be small, but don't mistake that as a lack of quality. The course is of undulating parkland variety and rolls across the hillsides of the Doon Valley. The course has lush fairways and well-maintained greens which are always a challenge to visitors and members alike. With spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, this is a lovely wee surprise
With the sea by your side and that famous lighthouse in the distance, there are few courses in the world that can match Turnberry for beauty or excitement. A truly Scottish icon, Turnberry Resort, Scotland enjoys a spectacular coastal setting with breathtaking views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea. Surrounded by Scotland's most beautiful scenery, every visit is unforgettable.
Girvan Golf Course shares the same stunning views towards Ailsa Craig as its neighbour Turnberry. The course was designed by James Braid, after whom the first hole was named and it has had few alterations since its inception in 1902, providing a golfing test of considerable charm and aesthetic pleasure.
Prestwick Golf Club extends a warm welcome to all golfers from around the World wishing to enjoy its testing traditional Links. The Club is situated just half an hour north of The Ranch on the famous golfing Ayrshire coast, and it has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to use their temporary membership to its full capacity and enjoy the full lunch in the lavish dining room or just a snack in the relaxed Cardinal Room
Darley – recently tamed, but still recognised as one of the most challenging courses to play to your handicap.
Historical Open qualifier where Jack Nicklaus qualified for his first ever Open, a unique mix of links and parkland holes.
the shortest of the three, where rounds often take less than three hours to complete. Ideal for the beginner, it still offers enough of a Thallenge for the more experienced golfer as accuracy is key on the short holes.
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club is to be found on the outskirts of Troon on Scotland's west coast and has been offering the golfer a magnificent links golf challenge for over one hundred years. The course itself is an Open Championship Final Qualifying venue with a well-deserved reputation for some of the best maintained greens in Scotland.
We offer fabulous food, fresh from the land and the sea in two fully open contemporary family run restaurants.
The restaurant is set against the backdrop of panoramic views over our 300-acre woodland estate, so you can relax and enjoy your meal in the perfect rural retreat. If, once you have finished your meal you are not ready to leave us, you can move into the bar area, or into the Glenfiddich Whisky Library to enjoy a wee dram.
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Souter’s Inn restaurant in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. Built on the site of the old school house where Robert Burns studied in 1775, this thatched roof Inn has a modern, contemporary interior, with a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Souter’s Inn has a distinctly contemporary feel, with exposed brickwork and oak featuring throughout. This fresh modern outlook is reflected too in its menu. Open all day from 9am till late for breakfast, snacks, lunch and suppers.
Situated in the historic town of Maybole only a short drive from Turnberry, Culzean and Ayr. The new greenside restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere in a fully modernised contemporary setting. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or takeaway from our exciting menus – combining classic dishes with some modern and unique dishes from around the world. We are so passionate about food at The Greenside that our open kitchen features our own hand built wood fired pizza oven giving you a truly authentic pizza experience.
Our traditional Scottish pub offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Dorothy & Andrew extend a warm welcome to you at the Kirkmichael Arms. We serve great food all day at the Kirkmichael Arms so why not drop in and try it out.