KA18 2NJ | 5.8 Miles | 8 Mins
Just over 5 miles from Lochside, Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes. Set in 2,000 acre of land, this stunning estate and 18th century house with its unrivalled collection of original furniture has something for everyone including an adventure park for the children.
Glen Afton Reservoir
Glen Afton is semi-natural and of ancient status and lies within the Southern Uplands ESA designation, less than 10 minutes from Lochside. The woodland forms a narrow corridor between the Afton Water and moorland pastures, with ash, silver & birch, hawthorn & hazel. A beautiful walk for all the family to enjoy.
KA5 5JY | 8.9 Miles | 13 Mins
Located in picturesque open countryside on the popular River Ayr Walk, 12 minutes from Lochside, Catrine House is a welcoming and cosy Scandinavan style log building housing a new purpose built coffee shop, ice cream parlour and farm shop. There is also a large grass field with play area for the kids to enjoy.
Burns House Museum
KA5 5BZ | 10.7 Miles | 15 Mins
The Burns House Museum is situated in the cobbled back streets of Mauchline, just 15 minutes drive from Lochside, where Robert Burns lived and worked between 1784 and 1788. The years that are widely regarded as being his most creative and productive period that Burns established himself as a poet, leading to the publication of the famous ‘Kilmarnock Edition’.
Cafe @ Cumnock
KA18 3AL | 3.7 Miles | 5 Mins
Located within the Cumnock Factory Outlet just 5 minutes away, The Café offers shoppers a full range of freshly made meals, delicious home baking, hot and cold drinks and daily special offers.
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
KA6 7PZ | 16.1 Miles | 35 Mins
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, just over a 30 minute drive from Lochside. This publically accessible educational observatory has some of the darket skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky. The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe, and was awarded a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association.
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere covers an area of 5,268 square kilometres and includes 45,000 dwellings and 95,000. It has 3 main functions Conservation, Learning and Development. The Biosphere is an area of conservation that is protected and holds many walks and places of interest.