Ballantrae Food Festival – 11 June 2017

ballantraeThe Ballantrae Food Festival builds each year on the tremendous success of previous events.

Cookery demonstrations, live music, food and drink samples…This is a fun day out for all the family. There is a free bus service running from Girvan railway station to Ballantrae, or make a weekend of it and stay in one of the excellent local B&Bs

Thistleneuk B&BMerchant House, or Balkissock Lodge B&B



Boswell Book Festival 12 – 14 May 2017

boswellThe 2017 Boswell Book Festival looks like being the best yet!

A fantastic array of well-known faces will be there including Nigel Havers, Alex Norton and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman.

And a highlight will surely be George Dunne (94) and Dave Fellows (92), two veteran survivors from WW2 Bomber Command tell of flying deep into enemy territory over Nazi occupied Europe.

Boswell Book Festival programme 2017


Scottish Grand National 21 – 22 April 2017

Ayr races – Best in Scotland!

The Races!The jewel in the crown of National Hunt racing in Scotland – a fantastic two-day meeting  with the top horses and jockeys competing for some serious prize money.

The centrepiece of Saturday – and of the entire jumps season in Scotland is the Coral Scottish Grand National generally recognised as one of the best races of its kind. Ayr Races


Haggis Hooley 20 Jan 2017

haggis hooley copyWhat could be better than eating, dancing and listening to a Ceilidh Band?

Come along to Robert Burns Birthplace Museum on Fri 20 Jan 2017, 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Of course there will be haggis! And add the Borland Ceilidh Band to get everyone on their feet. Booking essential at RBBM Booking. And you may as well stay the night – try the newly opened B&B just along the road called 15 Alloway.


Free Event – Midge Ure & Red Hot Chillie Pipers!

20160519_161655Sat 21st May at Rozelle Park, free all day entertainment with great line-up: Come and see Innovation, November Lights, Laura Begley from the Voice, Sean Kennedy, Midge Ure, Jill Jackson, JJ Gilmour and of course our favourite RED HOT CHILLIE PIPERS to end the evening’s entertainment! Sun 22nd May enjoy  the Brigs of Ayr Walking Tour (tickets £7.50 from Ayr Gaiety includes a visit up St Johns Tower and a bus tour to Burns Cottage. If you are feeling fit perhaps you would prefer the Land O Burns 10 K Road Race on Wed 25th May. Alternatively relax and enjoy the Land O Burns Beer burns_an_a_thatFestival at the Rugby Club or the Mauchline Holy Fair on Sat 28th May.

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Ayr is still hard to beat!

queens_terrAyr has been a flourishing seaside resort for many years, and it continues to provide a great selection of B&Bs. Here is Queen’s Terrace where ABBA have five B&Bs. It is only a stone’s throw from the sea front and a few minutes to the town centre.

Pick up an “ABBA recommended” restaurant brochure and choose a place to eat you know you can trust.

Use the accommodation checker above to find your ideal B&B in Ayr.



Have you been to Arran recently?

arran_hill_1000The Isle of Arran offers so much for the day visitor, but stay a little longer to really enjoy the island. Ferry costs are very reasonable now and there are numerous top quality B&Bs. Walking, cycling, golf, watersports…..Arran has it all!  And if live music in a bistro atmosphere is for you, don’t miss The Fiddlers in Brodick.