As a getaway destination, Ayrshire’s beauty is often overlooked in favour of the more high-profile Highlands.
But we think that’s a crying shame, as the area has more than its fair share of romantic castles, rolling greenery and tranquil bodies of water (plus, of course, excellent golfing).
In other words, it is safe to say that Ayrshire has plenty of charms just waiting to be unwrapped.
So why not unwrap them with your other half by treating them to this overnight stay at the Royal Hotel in Cumnock as a Christmas gift?
19th century hotel
Cumnock is a fascinating town to visit, as it really feels as if you have travelled back in time to Victorian days. Plus it is handy for first class golf courses like Turnberry and Royal Troon.
The historic Royal Hotel has been welcoming generations of guests for 125 years. While there, you can dine in the cosy bistro and sample cocktails in the 1906 Bar Lounge.
This Big Deal is for an overnight stay for two in a classic double or twin room. A full Scottish breakfast is included, as well as a two course dinner for two. You will be dining on a starter and a main from the Chef’s Menu.
This deal is available seven days a week until 31st March 2019, with a £20 supplement for Friday and Saturday stays. Free parking is available at the hotel.
Individually styled rooms
The hotel has nine ensuite rooms, each with its own unique style that reflects the traditional layout of the building.
Room features include a TV, hospitality tray, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, telephone and free WiFi. You can also order room service meals.
Relaxed bistro dining
The hotel’s Royal Bistro prides itself on serving simple, unfussy and delicious food.
Menus can change, but sample mains include the fillet of beef medallions, the fillet of salmon wrapped in bacon and the vegetable fajitas.
There is also a grill menu serving 80z steaks and butterfly breast of chicken.
Cumnock certainly isn’t short of water features to enjoy, as it lies where the rivers Lugar and Glaisnock meet.
Other nearby attractions include the lavish 18th century Dumfries House, Dean Castle with its 200-acre valley park and the Dick Institute museum & art galleries.
The area is also fabulous for golfers, with Royal Troon and Turnberry both easy to reach by car, while walkers can head to lovely Doon Loch for some peace and quiet. Stargazers can head to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory.
Cumnock itself has two picturesque 19th century churches to see, or if you’d rather go on a shopping spree, why not browse for designer bargains at Cumnock Factory Outlet?
The Royal Hotel has a strong overall TripAdvisor score of 4/5. Here are a few recent reviews, which particularly praise the food, service and cleanliness:
‘Wonderful! Plenty to choose from on the menu. All meals are very good. Service is also very good. Clean and spotless. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Not had a bad meal there at all, very varied menu, something for everybody.’
‘My partner, his cousin and I stayed here. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and made very welcome. There is ample parking to the rear of the hotel. Our room was clean & tidy. The breakfast was varied, we all had the full Scottish breakfast and there was plenty of it. The staff were all attentive. I would recommend this hotel to all. Thanks to the staff who made us very welcome.’
‘Fantastic. Arrived for a one night stay as we were going to a wedding nearby. Good parking to the rear. We had an evening meal that was generous and very tasty. Service was great. Our room was clean and the bed comfy. Nice big bathroom. Staff organised a taxi to our venue. The breakfast was varied from continental to full Scottish. The scrambled egg was fantastic. Great visit and would absolutely recommend if you are in this part of the country. Thanks to the staff who welcomed us.’
Christmas gift inspiration
A night away from it all in a peaceful Ayrshire town, close to golfing, scenery and stately homes, would make a lovely treat for two.
So why not surprise your partner with a stay at the historic Royal Hotel in Cumnock and give them something special to look forward to in the new year?