I’m on the committee of the Ayrshire Bed and Breakfast Association and arranged for our members to meet at Glenapp Castle near Ballantrae for our meeting. 

The staff were brilliant and the chef very kindly made us a variety of biscuits and the best lemon and poppyseed cake I’ve ever tasted. 

The view from the dining room isn’t too shabby either!

The outdoor Victorian tea room was closed for the winter but we enjoyed our walk around the grounds. 

We’ve had several guests staying with us this year who have been to Glenapp Castle for afternoon tea or evening meals and I’m happy to phone ahead and book you in if you would like me to.

Thank you Glenapp for hosting our meeting from us all…



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“Breakfast was stunning” Eva-Marie, Sweden, July 2016

blueberry pancakes


I’ve had quite a few compliments on breakfast recently but this glowing report from Eva was really humbling. Not only was her English impeccable but she even posted photos of her breakfast on Instagram.

Scottish smoked salmon for B&B breakfast

For those of you who have not yet poked around on the other pages of this blog, you may not have seen the wonderful variety of breakfast options offered here at Balkissock Lodge.

Ayrshire B&B breakfast



When I opened the B&B, I envisioned endless “Full Scottish” orders but have increasingly found that guests welcome something different from the traditional so along with local sausage, bacon and eggs you will find a variety of items such as:


  • Scottish smoked salmon and scrambled free-range eggs on toasted homemade bread
  • Creamy garlic mushrooms and oven baked vine tomatoes on toasted homemade bread
  • Asparagus (when in season) and poached free-range eggs on toasted homemade bread
  • Blueberry pancakes served with Greek style yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit
  • Banana pancakes served with Maple syrup and fresh fruit
  • Continental style platter with croissants, ham, cheese and homemade bread

Creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta with grilled cherry tomatoes.


Continental breakfast


Blueberry Pancakes with Greek yoghurt and local Kirkbride honey for B&B breakfast

Don’t forget to finish off your breakfast with toasted home baked bread, filter coffee or a choice of several teas and home made preserves.

Home-baked bread for toasting with Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday filter coffee.

I’ll have to add a photo of the wide choice of tea tomorrow!!

Taylors Filter Coffee

I also keep a range of gluten free products in stock. Just let me know of any intolerances and allergies when you book and I’ll do my best to cater for your needs so that you have a choice of meals for breakfast.

gluten free

Last weekend I had a couple staying who were both vegetarian and one was also gluten free. He had a choice of four different cooked breakfasts and chose grilled asparagus with poached egg on toasted gluten free bread.


I’ve recently updated the menu and produced a new menu for tea and coffee … what do you think of the design?

Ayrshire B&B breakfast


Ayrshire B&B

So … what’s your favourite breakfast?

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We’ve been enjoying some fabulous weather recently so my afghan is beginning to look very warm and summery….



Baby Woodpecker

We had a wonderful treat this afternoon … first Daddy, then Mummy … then baby woodpecker. 


I’ve taken Maisy to four different beaches in the past week and been delighted to find them practically deserted which makes for great puppy dog fun!

Girvan Beach:

Ayrshire Beach

Croy Beach (north of Culzean Castle):

Ayrshire Beach

Stranraer Beach:

Ayrshire Beach

Ballantrae Beach:

Ayrshire beach


Don’t they look so inviting? Why not come along and fill them up!

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Pretty in pink

I’ve been doing some gardening today. The lawns are cut and the flower beds nearest to the guest areas are weeded.

There’s quite a lot of colour in the pots:

But there’s an awful lot of pink in the garden just now:

Why not come and take a look for yourself…

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Fame again!

I’ve been on TV again!!!

Form an orderly queue for autographs please!!!

It was a lovely evening so my other half, Maisy and I went for a walk up the hill to watch the sun set and I posted the picture whilst sitting on the hill.

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