Tuesday, 26 April 2011

If you're looking for a peaceful and relaxing base for your holiday in South West Scotland, Balkissock Lodge





If you're looking for a peaceful and relaxing base for your holiday in South West Scotland, Balkissock Lodge will provide you with a comfortable break with a touch of luxury.

Views from around the property over the sea towards Ailsa Craig, Mull of Kintyre, Arran and Northern Ireland provide a spectacular backdrop to the variety of fauna and flora found in and around an acre of gardens.
A warm welcome awaits you with home-baked biscuits and cakes to accompany refreshments after your journey. 

Breakfast, taken in the conservatory, is a leisurely affair with a full-Scottish consisting of local produce and home-made preserves.  You could choose from a variety of other options such as croissants, porridge or Balkissock Eggs Benedict.  Three course evening meals are also served using home-grown and local produce.

Situated close to the Galloway Dark Sky Park, Balkissock Lodge enjoys fabulous dark skies for star gazing and is an ideal base for cycling in the Galloway Forest, fishing on the river Stinchar, golfing at Turnberry Golf Club or walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path or visit Culzean Castle, Robert Burns Centre, Rhinns of Galloway Lighthouse or Logan Botanic Gardens.  A 30 min drive will take you to the ferry port and day trips to Belfast and the Antrim Coast are popular with guests.

Howard and Cordelia look forward to welcoming you to Balkissock Lodge and hope to make your visit enjoyable, comfortable and the first of many.

“It was a pleasure to return to Balkissock Lodge...the property has gone from strength to strength. Gardens are well maintained & pleasing to the eye & continue to prove popular with the guests during the warmer weather who make the very most of this location. Housekeeping was found to be diligent & attentive in all areas for which congratulations are worthy.” AA Hotel Inspector

Contact us for our current menu and for brochures for our Valentine’s Specials and Mid-week Breaks.

AA Awards for breakfasts and evening meals.
Listed in the Independent Newspaper’s 50 Best B&Bs 2011

Wi-Fi available.

Open all year.

If you don't find what you're looking for then please contact us on: enquiries@balkissocklodge.co.uk

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