On Saturday 29th February, Cloncaird Castle in Kirkmichael is set to open its doors to the public for the first time to celebrate ‘The Best of Ayrshire 2020’.

The event will celebrate the uniquely collaborative approach taken by Cloncaird and over 20 local artisans, makers and businesses to transform the loss-making Cloncaird Estate into a profitable Scottish treasure for leisure and tourism.


The partnership project is now underway with the extensive 5-star renovation of eight charming Estate cottages with a plethora of new services and amenities. The first of the new pet-friendly cottages will be unveiled at the event as well as the livery facilities that cater for guests wishing to bring their horses or ponies to the Estate. Industry-led research suggests that pet-friendly accommodation and facilities have the potential to increase bookings by 40%. Overall, the entire project at Cloncaird is estimated to increase revenues by 1000% for 2020.


Guests are invited to enjoy ‘The Best of Ayrshire’ and tour the facilities at the Castle. The hidden gem in the project is award winning ‘The Atrium’ which acts as a remarkable, unique and intimate events space. Visitors are encouraged to take in the cottages, the Estate and sample the delicacies offered by local food producers. There will be an opportunity to meet with the local collaborators and see their designs and craftsmanship in situ at this stunning setting.




Cloncaird’s General Manager, Andrew Mellon said:
“We are thrilled to open the Estate for ‘The Best of Ayrshire’ event and look forward to showcasing some of the best products and leisure facilities Ayrshire has to offer.”


The Ayrshire Food Network members, who supply the new on-site Honesty Shop will be providing guests with the opportunity to ‘try and buy’ from a range of 12 locally sourced producers. The design team will be on hand to offer upholstery demonstrations and paint finishing by Scotland’s Craig & Rose Paints. Guests will be invited to participate in an exciting range of new outdoor activities including archery and enjoy Estate and riverside walks.


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Cloncaid Castle


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