Cumnock is a small town with a proud industrial heritage fuelled by local coal mines and ironworks. The town centre will charm you with its handsome Victorian buildings and historic churches built from peach-coloured stone. Venture into the East Ayrshire countryside to discover postcard-perfect Scottish landscapes.
Things to do in Cumnock
Visit Dumfries House and admire one of the most beautiful masterpieces ever designed by iconic Scottish architects, the Adam brothers. The Palladian mansion was built in the 1700s and is beautifully restored. Tours take you into rooms filled with fine art and Chippendale antiques.
Unlock huge discounts at the Cumnock Factory Outlet. The complex is housed on the site of a former shoe factory and boasts 27,000 square feet of retail space. From fashion and footwear to homewares and gifts, there are deals for every occasion.
Meet gentle giants at Blackstone Clydesdales. The working farm is home to dozens of beautiful, barrel-chested horses bred for agricultural work. Add-on experiences offer a chance to drive a horse-drawn carriage, trot along the beach and groom Clydesdales. The farm is also home to adorable Highland coos, as well as donkeys, alpacas, sheep, pigs and ducks.
The River Ayr Way meanders through East Ayrshire and takes you past sparkling lochs, picturesque valleys and heather-strewn fields. Follow the trail to Cairn Table for sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. On clear days, the views stretch all the way to Ben Lomond National Park. Pack cheese, oatcakes and chutney and enjoy a picnic at the 600-metre-high summit before heading back down.
Getting around Cumnock
Cumnock is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is in East Ayrshire, a 45-minute drive from Glasgow and two hours from Edinburgh. Local buses run between Cumnock and Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Cumnock and explore East Ayrshire at your own pace. Glasgow Airport is a one-hour drive away.