Dean Castle & Country Park

LOCATION

KILMARNOCK, EAST AYRSHIRE

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The Country Park covers over 200 acres, and boasts beautiful woodland walks, an adventure playground, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th-century castle that houses world class collections including historic weapons and armour. Visitors can explore the park using scenic paths and trails, and with over 80 hectares of countryside within a very urban area, the park is a great way to escape for a while. The urban farm has kune kune pigs, a fallow deer herd, a family of llamas, highland cattle and a pair of loveable donkeys. The Countryside Ranger Service will answer any natural history questions you may have. There is an extensive and varied events programme throughout the year. See the website for details.

Dean Castle & Country Park
Dean Road, KILMARNOCK, KA3 1XB

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Park & Grounds open all year; Castle & Visitor Centre open Apr-Sep 11-5; Oct-Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4

About the area

Discover East Ayrshire

Nestled between the Ayrshire coast, Dumfries & Galloway and South Lanarkshire, charming East Ayrshire encompasses the towns of Kilmarnock, Cumnock, New Cumnock and Stewarton. The county is home to a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in the form of lochs, glens rivers and uplands. The area’s first Local Nature Reserve at Catrine Voes makes an ideal location to spot local wildlife in their natural habitat such as Atlantic Salmon, water voles, otters, kingfishers and heron.

Following East Ayrshire’s walking trails through valleys, gorges and woodland will show you the best of what the county has to offer. Alternatively, take to the waters of the River Ayr, the River Doon, Loch Doon or Ness Glen for breathtaking views while canoeing. Kilmarnock is the area’s main hub for museums and cultural attractions, and boasts a vibrant calendar of festivals and events.

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