Travel: Discover Ayrshire’s hidden gems

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Undiscovered Gems of East Ayrshire

A new VisitScotland eBook is shedding light on East Ayrshire’s hidden delights to show you that there’s more to Ayrshire than Robert Burns!

Undiscovered Gems, highlights some of the other fantastic things to see and do in the region from outdoor adventures and star gazing to culinary quests and historical hideaways.

VisitScotland and East Ayrshire Council have joined together to create the interactive e-book. Ideas for places to visit include taking in the scenery on the Sir Chris Hoy Cycle Path, sampling award-winning local produce at Dunlop Dairy and gazing at the infinite wonders of the night sky at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory.

The Undiscovered Gems e-book features:

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park
The Cook School Scotland
Dunlop Dairy
Catrine House Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour
Spirit of Scotland Sculpture
Ness Glen
Sir Chris Hoy Cycle Path
Dumfries House
Dean Castle & Country Park
Burns House Museum
Dick Institute
Loch Doon
The Irvine Valley Trail
Rowallan Castle

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Dean Castle

Annique Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “This exciting new e-book builds on the success of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland global campaign, helping raise the profile and reputation of East Ayrshire as a fantastic place to visit, live and work in.

“This is a great asset for VisitScotland, East Ayrshire and local businesses to showcase the rich offering, hidden gems and local stories of the region to visitors from across Scotland and beyond.

“With rich history, breath-taking natural landscapes and mouth-watering culinary delights, East Ayrshire offers something to suit all tastes. We hope this new e-book, will inspire people to discover East Ayrshire’s gems for themselves.”

Julie Sloan, East Ayrshire Council Tourism Development Officer, said: “With so many brilliant attractions and fantastic things to do, it was a hard task deciding what to include in Undiscovered Gems. There is so much to choose from! We hope it inspires readers and encourages visitors to explore some of our lesser-known, but equally exciting, ‘gems’. East Ayrshire offers something to suit all tastes and we look forward to welcoming even more people to our region on the back of this excellent new e-book.”

To download East Ayrshire’s Undiscovered Gems visit




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.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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