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The weather has been great this week for the end of September and it’s been ideal to get out and about.



One place to visit is the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, on the south side of Ayr which has been in the top 10 of places to visit for our guests.


In addition to the museum that provides the story of Robert’s life, it houses a lovely café and a gift shop with all sorts of Scottish fayre to take home as souvenirs.


Across the large car park is a beautiful walkway with sculptures taking you to the old house which takes about 10-15 minues to saunter to.  Don’t forget to have your photo taken next to the “wee” mouse!!


There is also parking at the house if you prefer not to walk.




A short walk in the opposite direction from the museum will take you to the park which houses the Burns monument and the another photo opportunity is to stand on the Brig o’ Doon itself.




Whilst there, why not treat yourself to a beautiful meal at the Brig ‘O Doon hotel?

The Burns Museum is owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland. If you’re not a member it costs £9 per person entry but I have some vouchers which will get you a discounted entry of £6 per person.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is just under an hour away by car at Alloway on the south side of Ayr.

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A trip to Dumfries House is on our guests’ top 10 things to do when they visit the area … but beloved and I have never been.

The house is beautiful and the art & furnishings collection was “saved” by HRH the Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesey in 2007 from being split up and sold and in addition to the fabulous Chippendale furniture you can also view a collection of Prince Charles’ own watercolour paintings.

A tour of the house costs £8.50 pp but we splashed out and took the one and a half hour Grand Tour for £12.50 pp and it was wonderful. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and witty and talked the entire time (feat of memory too).

They’re busy working on extending the grounds and there is a coffee shop too. Why not put it on your Top 10 list too?

Dumfries House is about 70 mins by car from Balkissock

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A visit to The Robert Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayr (which is on our guests “top 10 things to do in SWScotland”) started with a look around the brand new museum and then lunch in the cafe … which of course just had to include haggis!! Then a walk in the sunshine to see the rest of the attractions.


A walk through the grounds to the:


Then on towards the:



Then a short walk to:




The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is approx. 1hr from Balkissock in Alloway on the south side of Ayr

The museum is owned/operated by the National Trust for Scotland.


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Another “Top 10” but this time photos of the beautiful scenery here in South West Scotland at various times of the year … in no particular order and I hope that you enjoy…

Glen Trool in the Galloway Forest

Ailsa Craig taken from Lendalfoot

Breakwater at Maidens

Snow on Balrazzie Hills

Portpatrick Harbour

Margaret on Ballantrae Beach

Portpatrick Harbour

Mains of Tig in the Depth of Winter

Sunset on Balkissock Hill

Looking Down the Tig Valley towards Ailsa Craig

Why not come and see the beautiful scenery for yourself?

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Another “Top 10” ….  a selection of animal photos that I’ve taken…mostly wild animals plus Daisy the best behaved Old English Sheepdog I’ve met!!

Red squirrel raiding the bird feeder

Balkissock sheep who came to say “hello”

A fledgling House Martin

Buzzy bee in the spring

Mother Blackbird not too happy when I found her nest

Spring lambs

Cattle in the sheds in winter

Daddy seal checking up on his pregnant “wife”

Another red squirrel – just too cute

Daisy – one of our quadruped visitors enjoying the log fire

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I love to take photos and have been hunting through the hoards stored on the computer to come up with my 10 favourite sunset photos of the past year or so.

They’re not in any particular order and hope you enjoy them.  The best two were taken by my beloved – can you spot them?

Knockdolian Hill, Ballantrae with Ailsa Craig in the distance

Varyag Monument, Lendalfoot with Ailsa Craig in the distance

Girvan Beach looking south

Ailsa Craig on Mid-summer’s Day

Wigtown Bay

Knockdolian Hill, Ballantrae

Lendalfoot in winter

Lendalfoot in winter again

Yorkshire Dales

Firth of Clyde

I can’t guarantee the sunset but can assure you that when it’s good, it’s magnificent!

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… as chosen by guests at Balkissock Lodge 😉

The beauty of owning a B&B is that you get to meet lots of lovely people from all walks of life.  I’ve been chatting to them this summer finding out where they’ve been enjoying their days and keeping a note of the most popular  and enjoyable places…so in no particular order:

Culzean Castle and Country Park  “Culzean Castle today is a result of many years of careful restoration by the National Trust for Scotland, that has united the different stages of Culzean’s aesthetic history. It reflects the different stages of Culzean’s past, from Robert Adam’s additions to the medieval tower house, to its heyday as one of the grandest houses in Scotland.”

Dumfries House and Gardens  “Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets.  With its sumptuous interiors and magnificent furnishings, all set in two thousand acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages.”

Logan Botanic Garden “At the south-western tip of Scotland lies Logan, the country’s most exotic garden. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, southern hemisphere plants flourish in this plantsman’s paradise.”

Robert Burns Birthplace  Museum “Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son.  The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.”

Trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer “Built on the Clyde in 1947 – to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland. It is amazing to think that she now sails right round Britain.”  Info and pictures from my blog

Glen Trool, Galloway Forest “Glentrool Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Galloway hills, where you can pick up maps and information on the hill ranges. The Merrick, South Scotland’s highest mountain at nearly 2,800ft can be climbed from Bruce’s Stone.”

Mull of Galloway “The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southerly point and is one of its least known areas, remaining an unspoiled paradise for visitors seeking peace and tranquility. 

Day trips to Northern Ireland

Bladnoch Distillery “Scotland’s most southerly distillery nestles on the green banks of the River Bladnoch, from which it takes its name. Located in this beautifully remote area of Galloway, the distillery has been producing the “Spirit of the Lowlands” since 1817.”

Heads of Ayr Farm Park “At Heads of Ayr Farm Park – whatever the weather – you’ll find plenty to see and do, with activities for all ages. We’ve almost 50 different types of animal, each with its own particular charm. Meet them, touch them, feed them! And You could play all day at our farm park.” Info and pictures from my blog

There’s loads more to do and see in the area … take a look at the South West Scotland tab on my blog for ideas.

My next task is to make sure that I go and enjoy all the ones I’ve not yet been to!!

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