Rosebud holiday cottage is located just outside the small town of Galston, East Ayrshire in South West Scotland. The holiday cottage is ideally located for enjoying beautiful walks across stunning countryside or for visiting nearby coastal towns and Isles, Glasgow, Loch Lomond and beyond. There’s so much to see and do we couldn’t possibly list everything, but here’s a snippet of information on local walks, local towns and places to visit. We have lots more information to share on Visitor Attractions in Ayrshire, Shopping & Recreation and Golf and Sporting Activities.
Walks near Threepwood, Right on Our Doorstep
For keen walkers and ramblers, Threepwood Farm is surrounded by marked river, woodland and farm walks direct from the holiday cottage and Farm, suitable for all ages and abilities. Click on the walks below to get full step-by-step details of the routes:
- Burn Anne Historic Walk (distance 5km / 3.1miles)
- Monk Strip and Gallowlaw Cairn (distance 7.9km / 4.9miles)
- Burnhead Farm Walk (distance 8.3km / 5.15miles)
- Threepwood Farm Short Walks (distance 2 - 3km / 1.1 - 1.6miles)
Loudoun Hill Walk in the Irvine Valley is approx. 5.5km / 3.5miles. Darvel’s famous son, Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, was born at Lochfield Farm near Darvel in 1881 and a memorial bust sits in Hastings Square, guarded at the other end by the Dagon Stone, a monolith from the Bronze Age. From here, the landmark of Loudoun Hill, Gateway to the Irvine Valley from the east, dominates the view.
Rosebud Cottage is situated close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s long distance walking route. The route covers 100 miles of breath-taking scenery along one of the finest panoramic coastlines of the British Isles, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.
Some might say we’re biased, but we think our beautiful local area with its rolling hills and stunning panoramic views, are some of the best that Scotland has to offer!
Galston and Nearby
The town of Galston is approximately 3 miles from Rosebud holiday cottage. Here you'll find a variety of shops including a Tesco superstore and Co-op grocery store for stocking up the cupboards. If you'd prefer to let someone else do the cooking and wash the dishes then there are lots of local restaurants and pubs where you can choose to dine from Scottish pub and bistro style menus or sample excellent Italian, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Traditional local pubs will also welcome you in for a pint (or two!). There's also a great selection of small beauty salons and a children's soft play activity centre (Juniper Jungle).
For the more active guests, you can head to the Loudoun Leisure Centre, Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex, West Loudoun Equestrian Centre or Loudoun Golf (Gowf) Club. There are also many recommended local fisheries (Arran View, Waterside and Cowans Law are just a few). Head to our Golf and Sporting Activities page to find out more.
In the small town of Darvel (5 miles from the cottage) there's an absolutely unique Telephone ‘museum’ housed in a restored 18th-century weaver's cottage. Created by Max Flemmich MBE - who spent 44 years working with GPO Telephones and B.T. - it has an amazing range of phones and ancillary equipment from every era that covers almost every square inch of the four walls. Truly one-of-a-kind!
The holiday cottage is within reach of the delightful coastal towns of Troon (17miles), Prestwick (17 miles) and Ayr (18 miles) to the East where you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach and promenade with an ice cream or a traditional fish and chip ‘supper’, as we call it here in Scotland. These towns are also home to some of Scotland’s best golf courses, many of which have spectacular views over the Clyde Estuary and the neighbouring islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran. Find out more about what the coastal towns have to offer on our Shopping and Recreation page.
Isle of Arran
25 miles to Harbour then 55 minute sailing
If you fancy hopping on the ferry to explore the beautiful Isle of Arran you can reach Ardrossan Harbour in just 40 minutes by car from the cottage and the sailing time to Arran is then only 55 minutes. More information on sailings and pricing can be found at www.calmac.co.uk
Once on Arran, you can choose from a huge range of outdoor activities including sea kayaking, archery and horse-riding. For walkers and mountaineers there’s the challenging but rewarding climb of Goatfell, the highest peak in Arran at 874m (2,866ft) with spectacular views of the island and on a clear day, across to Ben Lomond, Jura and the coast of Ireland.
If that sounds a little too energetic, why not relax and pamper yourself or your loved one at the 4 star Auchrannie Resort and Spa. Whatever you do on the island, be sure to stop by Arran Aromatics and the Island Cheese Shop to pick up some locally produced gifts and nibbles, maybe even take a tour of the Island’s Lochranza Distillery and Isle of Arran Brewery. Visit www.visitarran.com
27 miles to City Centre
Rosebud holiday cottage is also only 40 minutes’ drive from the centre of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Glasgow is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people and offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars. Known widely for its stunning architecture, the city was also the birthplace of legendary architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and houses some of his best works.
In just over an hour by car from Rosebud holiday cottage, you can enjoy the breath-taking views across ‘The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond’. The Loch is 24.5 miles (39 km) long and is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland containing more than 30 islands. Here you’ll find a vast array of leisure activities including watersports, walking, cruises, shopping and golf. For more information, visit www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/