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Laggan Stables, Ballantrae :STB Grading :
Laggan Stables is a cottage on our 450-acre dairy farm. It offers spacious and comfortable accommodation, comprising living room with open fire, three bedrooms, bathroom and fully fitted kitchen.
You will be most warmly welcomed by all of the McKinley family and we will do our utmost to make your stay an enjoyable and memorable one.
Our Dairy Herd
Plan of the Cottage
Kitchen : Features an electric cooker, washing machine, fridge-freezer and microwave.
Living Room : features an open fire and comfortable furniture.
Bedroom 1 : One double bed and bunk bed.
Bedroom 2 : One double bed.
Bedroom 3 : Two single beds.
A cot is also available.
There is parking for up to three cars. Weekly rates are from £ 120 and include bed linen, tea towels and fuel for the fire. Electricity is extra. Pets may stay if previously arranged.
Laggan Stables are conveniently sited for those wishing to visit South Ayrshire, Galloway Forest Park, Mull of Galloway and The Machars. The attractions near Laggan Stables are summarised below.
The cottage is approximately 1 mile from the picturesque coastal village of Ballantrae. The village has a bank, post office, church, garage, cafes, two hotels and two foodstores. There are also a childrens' play area, a putting green and tennis courts.
Ballantrae is a coastal village sited on one of the most spectacular coastlines of this corner of Scotland. It has a shingle beach, at the south end of which is a nesting site of terns. This area is closed during May, June and July when the terns are nesting.
There are beautiful views from the village of the Isle of Arran, Mull of Kintyre, Ailsa Craig, and in clear weather, the County Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. Seals are a common sight in the harbour area and can also be seen resting on rocks from the road heading northwards to Girvan. The south west coast of Scotland has a very mild climate due to the warm air of the Gulf Stream.
The area near Ballantrae is excellent for walking, fishing, touring and is within easy reach of the famous golf courses of Turnberry (16 miles), Troon and Prestwick. There are also many gardens and craft shops to visit, with historic castles such as Culzean and its Country Park.
Day trips to Northern Ireland are another option as the ferry ports of Cairnryan and Stranraer are only 13 and 18 miles respectively. Sailings from Cairnryan to Larne on the Jetliner take just 60 minutes.
The Galloway Forest Park and the Merrick Hills lie to the east of Ballantrae. Glen Trool in the Galloway Forest Park is about 25 minutes' drive from Ballantrae, and is a very popular spot for all types of walking and cycling, and for picnics. There is an RSPB sanctuary at Wood of Cree with many species of songbirds, within a short distance.
South Ayrshire and Galloway offer a remarkably diverse range of attractions to the visitor. There are ruined castles and abbeys, gardens, ports, country houses, extensive forests, quiet lochs and the grandeur of the Carsphairn and Merrick hills. Walkers, fishermen, golfers, cyclists, birdwatchers and those fond of horse-riding, can be sure of enjoyment and beautiful surroundings.
For those looking for a more urban source of enjoyment, the Stranraer to Glasgow trains stop at the nearby Barrhill and Girvan Stations. Visitors can travel to Ayr, and to Glasgow, the City of Architecture, without having the problem of car parking. The ferries to Ireland from Stranraer and Cairnryan, and from Ardrossan to Arran, offer the further chance of a day out. During summer, the Waverley steamer excursions round Ailsa Craig sail from Girvan to let visitors see this majestic rock.
To reach Laggan from the village of Ballantrae, take the A77 south across the River Stinchar and turn left about ¼ mile from the bridge. When you come to Laggan cottages on your left, turn right into the drive opposite and follow it to the Laggan Stables cottage.
Arriving from the south, the A77 forms a large sweeping bend followed by a long straight stretch on approaching Ballantrae. Take the road on the right off the straight section before reaching the village. When you come to Laggan cottages on your left, turn right into the drive opposite and follow it to the Laggan Stables cottage.
The key to Laggan Stables can be collected from Laggan Dairy Farmhouse, the first farm on the left.
A map of Southern Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway can be found in the Where We Are page.
The rate per week varies according to the season, from £ 140 to £ 260 per week. :-
|2003 Laggan Stables Self-Catering Rates (per week)|
To obtain further details of how to book and to obtain conditions of letting, please write to or phone Mrs. R. McKinley on 01465 831426..
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Quality Farmhouse Holidays website started 17th February 1999.
Last updated 9th May 2003.