Knock Old Castle looks out across the sea to the Isles of Arran and Bute and Cumbrae
This is an ideal spot to explore the islands and the Trossachs National Park. If golf is your thing then famous courses like Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick are nearby. The path from next door Skelmorlie gives you a 100 miles to cycle or walk. Be sure to visit the National Trust for Scotland’s fabulous Culzean Castle and at a less grand level the ice cream parlours of Largs are a treat! Glasgow is a quick train journey and both Prestwick and Glasgow airports are within a 40 minute drive.
There is a tennis court which can be used by arrangement with the owner.
Outside there are lawns to enjoy as well as a fairytale walk through the woods and over the little stone bridge. The views across to the sea are beautiful and there is a peace and quiet to this lovely rural spot that belies its proximity to the numerous nearby opportunities.
Ayrshire’s three OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP courses are within easy reach….ROYAL TROON, TURNBERRY and PRESTWICK. As are the OPEN qualifying courses of WESTERN GAILES, GLASGOW GAILES, BOGSIDE and BARASSIE and DUNDONALD.
There are also many other lovely courses all over Ayrshire, including ROUTENBURN which is a mile from Knock Old Castle, and of course further afield but suitable for a day trip are such famous courses as:
LOCH LOMOND, ST ANDREWS, CARNOUSTIE, GLENEAGLES AND MUIRFIELD.
EXPLORE THE ISLANDS IN THE FIRTH OF CLYDE
CUMBRAE is 2 miles away via a ferry from Largs. It is fabulous for cycling on the sparsely trafficked roads, and has the smallest Cathedral in the British Isles. It is a gem and has lovely concerts every Sunday afternoon in the summer.
BUTE Is a glorious and unspoilt throwback to the heydays of the 19th Century when it used to be a fashionable place to spend the summer. It is great for walks and cycling, has many historic buildings but no trip there would be complete without a visit to MOUNT STUART HOUSE, built in the late 19th century by the Marquess of Bute and one of the most extraordinary buildings in the whole of Britain.
ARRAN. Reached by ferry from Ardrossan, some 15 miles from Knock. Famed as being the microcosm of Scotland. Easy for a day trip, with or without car as the bus services are numerous and convenient.
HUNTIN, SHOOTIN AN FISHIN
The Lanark and Renfrew Hunt hunts foxes in the adjoining county of Renfrewshire. There is an excellent clay pigeon range near Dalry, where expert tuition is also given Within 10 miles there are several “pay by day” fisheries for wild trout and stocked lochs. Salmon fishing is available on a pay by day basis on several rivers in South Ayrshire
There is also good sea fishing.