Event: Illuminight with Lidl at Dean Castle

illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire

Illuminight at Dean Castle in Kilmarnock

The nights are fair drawing in, the clocks go back this weekend, so if you need a bit of light in your life, then how about a visit to Illuminight at Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, which runs until Sunday 18th November.

What is it?

It is a magical outdoor light event taking you through the grounds at Dean Castle. Suitable for all ages, it’s a fun night out for all the family and couples too.  Follow the route and see lighting, activities, illuminations and of course indulge in marshmallow toasting!

Where is Illuminight taking place?

The event takes place at Dean Castle Country Park Kilmarnock, KA3 1XB and follows a trail through the country park taking approximately 1 1/2 hours to wander through.

What to see

illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire
illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire

illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire

illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire

illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire

illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire

illuminight with lidl dean castle ayrshire


👍 from us.

Here’s something to get you and the family out on a cold dark night! Eerie surroundings, colourful lights, fountains and water displays with a warming cup of hot chocolate along the way and hot mulled cider at the end.  Note that quite a bit of walking is involved and if you miss out on food, drink and marshmallows at the first stopping point you get another chance to pass here later and there’s another fire pit for marshmallow toasting (and huddling around!) just over the bridge, with mulled cider, waffles and crepes at the end just after the castle itself.


Dean Castle

Dean Rd, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB


Illuminight runs until 18th November 2018.


Tickets are £12 Tue – Thur, under 16s are £6, children under 2 get in free. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) for these days are £33. From Fri – Sun adults are £13, while kids are £7 and the family ticket is £37. Tickets can be purchased online or by 0844 573 8455*

During the event: E-tickets will be available from the Box Office at the visitor centre of Dean Castle Country Park.

*Please note that calls cost between 2p to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Mobile networks charges may be more expensive.

Getting there

Stagecoach 4, X16 and X76 to Dean Castle Country Park.

The nearest rail station is Kilmarnock station, a 20 – 25 minute walk away.

Drop off facilities and parking for Blue Badge holders is available at the Dean Castle Country Park car park, access via Dean Road.

There is an on site car park as well.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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