The 10 Best Things to Do in East Ayrshire, United Kingdom (UK)

October 8, 2017 Hana Mouser

East Ayrshire (Scots: Aest Ayrshire, Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Àir an Ear) is one of thirty-two council areas of Scotland. It shares borders with Dumfries and Galloway, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire. The headquarters of the council are located on London Road, Kilmarnock. With South Ayrshire and the mainland areas of North Ayrshire, it formed the former county of Ayrshire.
Restaurants in East Ayrshire

1. Blackstone Clydesdales & Dig-a-Day Experience

Rigg Road | Blackstone Farm, Cumnock KA18 3JJ, Scotland +44 1290 421639
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5 based on 336 reviews

Blackstone Clydesdales & Dig-a-Day Experience

FUN TIME. Ride our Clydesdale Horses or Jump on a BIG yellow Digger for some operating fun. There is always something to do on the farm enjoy interacting with our Clydesdale Horses, Heilan Coos, Alpacas and Mischievous Donkeys while meeting all the farm animals giving you an insight into their lives. The experience is tailored to suit you. Try your hand at riding or driving our Clydesdale Heavy Horses, grooming, mucking out, tacking up, bareback riding, herding on horseback, walking and feeding all the animals. This is a very individual experience and will vary depending on you requirements and weather.NO EXPERIANCE REQUIRED.WHY NOT try Something Different - the 'BIG TOY' experience at DIG-a-day. Operate a mini to 14Ton digger or big yellow JCB Tractor, putting your coordination skills to the test in challenges set. OR MIX IT UP - Combining DIG-a-Day and Blackstone Clydesdales in one experience.Great for all the family for children and adults alike. NO DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED.

Reviewed By yka2013 - Scotland

My husband and I went for a two hour experience with the Clydesdale horses, Lucky and Randolph. Beautiful, graceful creatures!
This was a present from my husband which was completely different and it exceeded all my expectations.
When we arrived at the farm we were greeted with a warm welcome from all the staff. We were then introduced to all the horses and the donkeys, supplying lots of carrots
We hadn’t been on horses for years and were quite nervous as the horses are huge!
Sonya and Beth were considerate and lovely to be around, nothing was too much bother, Lucky and Randolph were gracious and also patient with novice customers on their back.
We had a beautiful autumn day, did a bit of grooming first then went for a trek around the Wood road area, thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing.
Thank you to all at Blackstone for providing a truly memorable day for my husband and I, we won’t forget it and Sonya and Beth were kind enough to take pics along the way
If you are looking for a gift that is quite different, then visit Blackstone’s website, you won’t be disappointed.

2. Dumfries House

Dumfries House Dumfries House Estate | Auchinleck, New Cumnock KA18 2NJ, Scotland +44 1290 425959
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4.5 based on 620 reviews

Dumfries House

Reviewed By Sanz1820 - Inverness, United Kingdom

Reading the reviews I can see there is a problem in securing tours of the house. I must admit I failed to read the website in advance which stated that in the winter months there were no tours on weekdays, so we were disappointed to find that we wouldn't get a tour on the day we visited. But we loved our walk round the wonderful Gardens, and then - thanks to the helpful Helen at the Lodge - we were able to arrange a (expensive) private house tour after all. So glad we did. Our very knowledgeable guide (Karen) never rushed us, answered all our questions, and clearly is very properly proud of the house and the whole project.

3. Dean Castle and Country Park

Dean Road, off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland +44 1563 554734
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4.5 based on 407 reviews

Dean Castle and Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle and beautiful woodland walks. The Country Park has completed a project to upgrade its Rural Life Centre, play park and Visitor Centre. The Castle is now closed for restoration and works will begin in June 2018. From June 2018, you will be able to see the museum collections normally on display in Castle at the Dick Institute, Elmbank St, Kilmarnock. Join us for different holiday activities with the Ranger Service over Easter and summer.

Reviewed By traceyAyrshire - ayrshire

Had a nice time , lots of lovely walks and animals to see. Play park for the kids and lovely tea room

4. Dick Institute

Dick Institute Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 3BU, Scotland +44 1563 554300
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Dick Institute

Reviewed By kazbabe007 - ayrshire

No matter what the weathers doing you can always rely on the Dick institute for a few good hours of entertainment weather your visiting the galleries , museum or library there's something for everyone including toilet facilities, Would love it to have coffee though...!

5. Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Loch Doon | Dalmellington, Dalmellington KA6 7PZ, Scotland +44 1292 551118
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publically accessible educational Observatory has some of the darkest 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 award a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association. This new Observatory includes a 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome and a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a more hands-on, open air observing experience.

Reviewed By zachari2015 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

This is a fantastic experience full of information and insight into astronomy. The guy that delivers this is a very good presenter and the venue is amazing. Kids around us on the day were just gasping all the time - i think that's a sign of something good. Definitely go again on a less clouded night

6. New Cumnock Community Open-Air Swimming Pool

Castle, New Cumnock KA18 4AH, Scotland 0129033986
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5 based on 27 reviews

New Cumnock Community Open-Air Swimming Pool

N C Swimming pool is the heart of our community located on the main road in our village its safe for all bathers we have changing rooms and showers and our pool is always kept at a temperture of 30 degrees so its warm come rain or shine we also have a pool side cafe where you can get snacks and drinks great family day out and everyone is welcome help and advice is always on hand

Reviewed By lornadempsey - Ayr, United Kingdom

Congratulations to the team from New Cumnock Swimming Pool, it is amazing!!! We totally loved our time today. Gorgeous surroundings, the team were all very welcoming and the weather made it. Please visit soon!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️❤️

7. The Palace Theatre and Grand Hall

9 Green Street, Kilmarnock KA1 3BN, Scotland +44 1563 554900
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4 based on 54 reviews

The Palace Theatre and Grand Hall

Reviewed By nancy0710 - Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

Went to watch a show here but the experience was marred by the Seating which was so close together and hardly any space for your legs. Apart from that the bar was nice and building clean and modern.

8. The Kay Park

Stawberrybank Road, Kilmarnock KA3 7RU, Scotland
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

The Kay Park

Reviewed By Christine S - Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

Been using this park for 30 years, it has it all. Pond in the centre with swans and great variety of birds, who just love being fed with your stale bread. Swiing chute and zip slide, with lots of small kiddie things to sit on, adult excercise equipment if your feeling energetic, also a small bike track.. Great circular walk from the car park at the bowling green, to the Burns Monument at the top of the park. There are 2 large stone Lions for a photo opportunity and from where there are great views over the town. We always go at Easter so the grandchildren can roll their eggs down the steep hill at the very back of the park, popular spot. This park is a perfect picnic area 5 minute walk from the town, not a massive park but a small gem.

9. Barony Colliery

Auchinleck, Scotland
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Barony Colliery

Reviewed By Rossergruffydd - Glasgow, United Kingdom

The old pit head 'A' Frame is a landmark for miles around and I always thought that nothing else was here however it has a large number of information boards, a cycle track, children's play area and woodland walks with maps to guide you. The car park is well signposted just off the locally famous Barony Road.
The 'A' Frame is the only one of its type surviving and the site is also home to an annual music festival with four stages and around 15 hours of continuous music.

10. Jungle Madness Soft Play

46 Beansburn, Kilmarnock KA3 1RL, Scotland
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4 based on 37 reviews

Jungle Madness Soft Play

Reviewed By hgray10059 - Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

We recently visited Jungle Madness soft play in Kilmarnock with our two grandchildren. We were welcomed by cheery staff and the grandchildren had a ball playing on the equipment there. The food was also great with a good choice for kids and adults. The only think that I objected to was paying 60 pence for a plastic tumbler of diluting juice ! Overall a great place to visit with kids and would recommend to all !

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