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Today, Balkissock Lodge B&B was awarded a Certification Mark from the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere “in recognition of high quality standards in delivering environmental and sustainable development benefits to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere


The award ceremony was held at Culzean Castle and speakers included Dr Beth Taylor (Chair, UK National Commission for UNESCO), John Thomson and Ed Forrest both of the GSA Biosphere and the awards were presented by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop who fondly remembers childhood holidays in Ballantrae and splashing about in the river Stinchar.


Two other micro businesses were also awarded a certification mark today: Adventure Centre for Education (ACE) based in Girvan and Salad Brew based in Borgue in Dumfries and Galloway.


After speaking to Dr Taylor, I understand that this accolade makes Balkissock Lodge not only the only B&B with a biosphere certification mark in Scotland but possibly in the whole world!

Cordelia Galley 2018 (c)

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I’ve been told that I spoil my guests … and what is wrong with that?!

In an attempt to get a good balance between offering a range of choices for breakfast but ensuring that the choices were manageable and people were not waiting 20-30 minutes for their food I’ve come up with a limited but, hopefully, tasty menu selection that appeals to a majority of people.

Ayrshire B&B breakfast

As with many other B&Bs, I offer a range of branded cereals. I’ve just bought these glass containers from IKEA (aren’t they great?) and made some lovely labels so that there’s no guessing what’s inside!!

Ayrshire B&B breakfast menu

I also try to offer seasonal fruit (isn’t the cut glass bowl lovely in the sunshine?) to add to the locally produced Rowan Glen yogurts.

ayrshire B&B cereal jars cute

The small pots contain homemade preserves such as Balkissock Bramble Jelly, Three Fruit Marmalade and Lemon Curd.

A “Full Scottish” is popular, here made with local Duldaff Farm Sausages or sometimes We Hae Meat sausages, Ayrshire bacon and local free range eggs.

Ayrshire B&B Full Scottish Breakfast

Lighter choices include scrambled egg on home baked bread with Scottish smoked salmon.

Ayrshire B&B Breakfast scrambled egg and Scottish smoked salmon

A firm favourite already are the blueberry pancakes made with wholewheat flour and topped off with Greek style yoghurt and honey.

Ayrshire B&B Breakfast Blueberry Pancakes with Greek yoghurt and local Kirkbride honey.

I serve a range of branded tea, fruit teas and filter coffee to accompany breakfast and make homemade bread which is made using a mixture of white and wholewheat flour.

Home baked bread Ayrshire B&B breakfast

A recent popular dish has been creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta or petit pain with roasted cherry tomatoes.

Ayrshire B&B breakfast creamy garlic mushrooms on ciabatta

This month, grilled asparagus with poached egg has been popular too although I didn’t get a photo :O(

I try to shop local and use locally produced produce where possible.  Graham’s are a Scottish company and they use Ayrshire cows!

shop local Graham's Dairy dairies milk

I’ve also placed a menu in each of the guest rooms so that guests can take as much time a they want to decide upon what they’d like for breakfast!

Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

Due to our location and the fact that shopping usually involves an 80 mile round trip, not all of the items are available every day but I do my best to offer a range of dishes.

Any other breakfast suggestions are welcome.

So … what will you choose when you stay?

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