Dunlop Dairy

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Dunlop Dairy is at West Clerkland Farm, Dunlop Road, between the village of Dunlop and the town of Stewarton in East Ayrshire.  They make their own cheese and sell it in an attractive shop and tearoom. Perfect for somewhere to go on a day out.

 

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A selection for lunch could include:

Home made soup
Served with crusty bread and butter
Soup and sandwich
Soup and toastie or panini
Sandwiches
Served with salad garnish
Toasties and Paninis
Ploughman’s lunch
Crusty bread or oatcakes, served with salad, fruit, choice of our own handmade
cheeses and a DOD of homemade chutney.
Quiche
Made here in the kitchen. Delicious warm, served with salad and crisps.
Open sandwich
Slice of bread topped with cheese, cold meat, or sometimes pate and a generous
covering of colourful salad and homemade coleslaw.

 

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Upon return from Ireland many years ago, Barbara Gilmour (from nearby Hill Farm Dunlop) brought back a recipe for making cheese.  A full cream cow’s milk was used as opposed to skimmed milk and the cheese was pressed with large stones.

Dunlop Cheese, a “sweet-cream” cheese, became well-known in the West of Scotland and beyond.  Eventually, it became known as Cheshire or Wensleydale but cheese that is made in the original area around Dunlop and with milk from Ayrshire cows is known as “Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop”.   As a young cheese, it is mild and smooth with a nutty taste and as it matures, it develops a slight sharpness.

 

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VisitScotland Ayrshire

I am not familiar with Vivien Bywater and her friend Judy but here they are, having a wonderful wander around Ayrshire, with Neil Oliver providing an informative commentary in the background. It’s very pleasant. 🙂

 

Balkissock Lodge

Balkissock Lodge, located close to the Galloway Dark Sky Park, has beautiful views over the sea to Ailsa Craig, Mull of Kintyre, Arran and Northern Ireland. If you enjoy fishing, golfing, walking, cycling or visiting ancient castles, then this is the place for you. If Belfast is calling you from across the sea, a short drive will take you to the ferry port and a day trip is possible.

Relax in front of a log fire in the lounge or enjoy the view out of the conservatory.

The bedrooms have private en-suites and they are all freshly decorated. The “Galloway Suite” is situated on the first floor with delightful views over the gardens and flower beds. It also comes with an LCD TV, Freesat, hospitality tray, a seating area and a double bed with an electric blanket.

The “Arran Suite” is a twin/double room also overlooking the garden and is on the ground floor.

The “Ailsa Suite” is on the first floor and looks out on the gardens and Galloway Hills. This room has a double bed with an electric blanket, a TV, Freesat and a hospitality tray.

The “Kintyre Suite” is on the ground floor with a garden view and a double bed.

And last, but by no means least, a fantastic breakfast to wake up to in the morning. Taken in the conservatory, you are served a full Scottish breakfast with local produce and home-made preserves. Croissants, porridge or Balkissock Eggs Benedict all await you. Three course evening meals are also an option, served using local produce.

A review by an AA Hotel Inspector has said, “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.”

For more information, write to Howard and Cordelia Galley at Balkissock Lodge, Ballantrae, Girvan, South Ayrshire or check out their website.