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Home Cook School is situated in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere

It is an area of great beauty and recreation. It’s a great place to explore and get off the beaten track to marvel at nature up close. Galloway and Southern Ayrshire offers a wealth of opportunities, from the challenge of mountain biking through the Galloway Forest, to cycling along routes with spectacular views over mountain, moor and sea. The Ayrshire coastal path is one of the finest panoramic coastlines in Britain, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. The Biosphere is a special place to enjoy.

A special place for Local Produce

South West Scotland is a place of abundant good quality food, drink and crafts which reflect the diversity and unique character of the countryside and region. One of the best known crops in the Biosphere is Ayrshire ‘tatties’, known for their earthy, sweet flavour. With a reputation for producing high quality beef cattle, including heritage breeds such as the hardy Galloway that have adapted well to living in the upland pastures, and the familiar brown and white Ayrshire dairy cows; the Biosphere offers a special authentic food and drink experience.

Local Accommodation

Ayrs and Graces (B&B), Carrick Lodge, High Maybole Road, Ayr, KA7 4EE.
To book email or call 01292 443 862

Balkissock Lodge (B&B), near Ballantrae, South Ayrshire, Scotland, KA26 0LP.
To book contact Cordelia Galley on  or call 01465 831 537

Coila Guest House (B&B), 10 Holmston Road, Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA7 3BB.
To book email or call 01292 262 642

Crawfordston Cottage (self-catering accommodation), Kirkmichael, South Ayrshire, Scotland, KA19 7JS.
To book contact Bea Holden or call 01655 770 247

Glenapp Castle Hotel, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA26 0NZ.
Book via website or call 01465 831 212

Holly Tree Cottage, Main Street, Straiton, South Ayrshire, Scotland, KA19 7NF.
To book contact Bea Holden or call 01655 770 247

South Whittlieburn Farm (B&B, Caravans and Camping), Brisbane Glen, Largs, KA30 8SN.
To book contact Mary Watson or call 01475 675 881

The Burnside Guest House (B&B and self-catering accommodation), 14 Queen’s Terrace, Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA7 1DU.
To book email or call 01292 263 912

The Lodge and Old Church, Minishant, South Ayrshire (self-catering accommodation). To enquire, use hyperlinks which will direct you to Air BnB listings.

Trump Turnberry (Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort), Maidens Road, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA26 9LT
To book email or call 01655 331 000

Things to do

A.D. Rattray’s Whiskey Experience and Whisky Shop, 32 Main Road, Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY
Call 01655 760 308 to book a whisky tasting

Culzean Castle and Country Park, Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE
Tel 01655 884 455

Little Turnberry Farm and Chicken Nest, Maidens, Girvan, Scotland, KA26 9NQ
Tel 01655 332 635