A holiday spent at Cosses Country House offers numerous opportunities to explore the wonderful coastline of South West Scotland and visit many attractions in the area. The area boasts spectacular scenery, a violent and bloody past and an idyllic lifestyle. All the ingredients which attract tourists seeking romance, history, heritage and ancestral connections. With a spectacular vista of mountains and coastline, an abundance of castles and historic houses, subtropical gardens supported by a warm gulf stream, and many charming coastal communities and towns to visit and explore.

Local landmarks

Ailsa CraigAilsa Craig (Paddy’s Milestone)

The granite island plug famous for its curling stones and nesting birds. A boat trip can be arranged from Girvan harbour.

Carrick

The name signifies the southern portion of rural Ayrshire with Girvan and Maybole as the 2 major market towns, with the Rivers Girvan and Stinchar defining the picturesque valleys.

> Carrick Heritage Trail

Ballantrae

Our local small, pretty village with an old harbour and beaches which now has a lovely garden centre and café where you can enjoy stunning views out to sea. Just along the coast is Sawney Bean’s Cave that used to be the hide-out and home of Scotland’s last known cannibal!

Gardens

GardensCosses Country House provides perfect holiday accommodation for Garden Lovers as it is only a short drive from some wonderful Gardens, which are open to the public.

Whether you are a keen plantsman or woman, a gardening enthusiast or someone who likes to enjoy the fruits of another’s labours, there are numerous gardens to visit in the region. Some are open all year while others only open when the plants and flowers are at their most beautiful.

Genealogy

The Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock provides access to Scottish family history records covering 500 years. Get access to Statutory Birth, Death and Marriage Records from 1855 to the present day as well as Census Records, Old Parish Records, Wills & Testaments and various Minor Records. In addition, the local history and archive collections are invaluable to family historians, helping to build the story of your ancestors’ lives and times.

> Burns Monument Centre

Castles & Historic Sites

Culzean CastleNo vacation in Scotland would be complete without visiting an ancient Scottish Castle. There are many wonderfully preserved Castles, Abbeys and Country Parks within easy driving distance of Cosses Country House, and most have superb gardens and grounds to explore.

> Culzean Castle
> Dumfries House

Rabbie Burns

Ayr is famous as the birthplace of renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns. Visit his birthplace, the museums and monuments to our beloved Rabbie.

> Robert Burns Museum

Further Afield

Ayr TownAyr Town

This is the largest town on the coast and remains a traditional seaside and market town. The only sea going paddle steamer, the Waverly, leaves from Ayr to cruise around the beautiful islands and sea lochs of the Firth of Clyde.

> Waverley Steamship Excursions

Ayr Racecourse

Ayr is Scotland’s premier racecourse, hosting both Flat and National Hunt fixtures. Normally holding at least 25 days racing every year Ayr is host to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races during its 12 month racing programme.

> Ayr Racecourse

Days outDays Out by Train

The local railway winds through this relatively undiscovered part of Scotland running nearly 60 miles between Ayr and Stranraer. Visitors will find a host of activities and places of interest to visit along the route as well as fantastic views from the carriage window.

> Line Guide and Train Days Out (SAYLSA)
> Train Timetable (pdf)

Wigtown

Scotland’s national book town and capital of Wigtownshire. A honey pot of second hand book shops and home of Wigtown Book Festival.

> Wigtown Book Festival
> Visit Dumfries and Galloway

Gem Rock Museum

Located in Creetown, a fantastic museum and shop with one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils.

> Gem Rock Museum

Local Landscape

Scottish Dark Sky ObservatoryBiosphere

Ballantrae is part of Scotland’s first Biosphere – Galloway and South Ayrshire is now being proposed as a new style UNESCO Biosphere because of its unique combination of special landscapes and wildlife areas, rich cultural heritage and communities that care about their environment and culture and want it to be sustainable.

> Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere

Galloway Forest and Dark Sky Park

Galloway Forest park is home to the UK’s only Dark Sky Park and Cosses Country House is on the edge of this area enjoying the magic of the night sky.

> More on Dark Sky Park Galloway