CRAIGENGILLAN SITS WITHIN THE DOON VALLEY, ONE OF SCOTLAND’S MOST BEAUTIFUL TOURIST DESTINATIONS
World-famous as ‘Burns Country’, the valley also offers walks, cycle routes, riding, fishing and a range of visitor attractions.
THINGS TO SEE:
The Burns Birthplace Museum. Burns Cottage, where the poet was born, the monument and gardens created in his honour and the world’s most important collection of his works. It’s also where you’ll find Alloway Auld Kirk and the Brig O’Doon, made famous by his epic adventure ‘Tam O’ Shanter’.
Doon Valley Museum explores the area’s heritage, particularly from the mining industry. As well as a permanent display representing different aspects of the local social and industrial history, it also hosts exhibitions by professional and amateur artists.
“THE HAND OF NATURE EVERYWHERE PERVADES, AND BLENDS THE BARREN ROCKS AND VERDANT SHADES”
Doon Valley Crafters practice traditional skills from Scotland’s past. A visit to the workshop lets you try your hand at weaving, spinning or pottery. There’s a traditional loom and a range of locally-made arts and crafts on offer, including gifts made in the new Doon Valley Tartan.
Steam trains run on summer days.
THINGS TO DO:
The nine-hole Doon Valley Golf Course makes the most of the area’s incredible views. It’s open all year round. Clubs and trolleys are available to hire.
Explore the beautiful Galloway Forest Park and Loch Doon.
River Ayr Way is Scotland’s first ‘source to sea’ path network. It covers a distance of 44 miles, taking in spectacular scenery along the way. It’s perfect for wildlife spotting, as it crosses a range of habitats. Its recent development makes it one of twenty ‘Scotland’s Great Trails’. Serious walkers can complete the course over a weekend.
Whatever you choose to do in the Doon Valley, the Craigengillan Estate makes an ideal starting point. Riding, kayaking or walking—there are plenty of ways to get around.