Ballantrae is a delightful village on the coast of South Ayrshire.
The village is on the Ayrshire Coastal Footpath. From Ballantrae, you can walk northwards towards Glenapp (8.3 miles to Glenapp Kirk) or south to Lendalfoot (6.5 miles). Even if you don`t feel like a long walk, a stroll along the path above the shoreline at Ballantrae is very interesting as there are several storyboards with fascinating information including local and natural history.
There are many opportunities for walking in the Stinchar Valley between Ballantrae and Pinwherry. The leaflet “Discover the Stinchar Valley lists eight walks ranging from easy walks of less than an hour to more challenging walks of up to nine miles. One of these walks, Knockdolian Hill is between Ballantrae and Colmonell. It has terrific views and can be climbed in less than an hour.
The pebbly shore to the north of the village is a Site of Special Scientific Interest where bird life is abundant. The main attraction is the breeding species, offshore seabirds and migrants at the river estuary. Offshore divers, Manx Shearwaters and Gannets from Ailsa Craig are among many species which can be seen. The Ayrshire Birding website has much detail.
Ballantrae is at the mouth of the famous River Stinchar which has excellent salmon and trout fishing.The Lower Stinchar Beat from the estuary is usually let by the week. However, about 1.5 miles upstream, day tickets are available from Kirkholm Farm. More opportunities are detailed in Stinchar Fishing.
And where else can you have an 18 hole game of putting on the links for 30 pence!!
For the kids – a miniature train which runs at Craigiemains Garden Centre at weekends.
Accommodation in Ballantrae Check out Ballantrae`s own website.
Where can I get a coffee? Try Craigiemains Garden Centre at the north side of the village or Pebbles Spa with its magnificent sea views a couple of miles north of Ballantrae towards Lendalfoot.
Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink 2105
The 2105 Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink will be held on Sunday 10 May. This exciting one-day festival will feature food experiences ranging from tastings to full Pop-up restaurants. You can meet producers, traders and sample local foods. Among the participants will be cheese shops, wine bars, whisky tasting and stalls with organic food. Cooking demonstrations will also be held.