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Whats New at the Walled Garden Caravan and Camping Park

–2017 —

The snowdrops have gone and the daffs have taken over but they are just about to let the three sided leek and wild garlic take over! In the woods the primroses are peeping through and along the burn the bright yellow skunk cabbage is unfurling. Spring is most definitely here and a new season at The Walled Garden has begun!  Has anybody else heard those rumours of a hot summer to come? Well, it is always sheltered and warmer within the wall – those Victorian gardeners knew what they were about!  Last year we had a bumper crop of fruit growing round the park against the wall.  One pear tree was so laden with fruit that it fell over!!

Whilst I beaver away behind the scenes with the more mundane aspects of running a business, Jim will be at the park dealing with the many and varied aspects of keeping the park running smoothly and looking forward to welcoming our guests, aiming to ensure that your stay with us is relaxed and enjoyable.

— 2016 —

Our park will be opening on 18th March and Jim and I hope that all of our friends are looking forward to a great camping and caravanning season. 

The weather last year wasn’t great for camping and caravanning but we did have some nice spells. 

It was a difficult year for us as Jim’s mum, Frances, became even more frail and died in August.  Those of you who have been coming to The Walled Garden for a few years will remember her welcoming face at reception and her patience as the 50p worth of a variety of 2p sweets was painstakingly chosen by our younger guests! She was in charge of the Bingo tickets at our Ceilidh and, in fitter days, oversaw coffee mornings and fancy dress parties.  These are great memories for us to keep.

This year the Golf Open is at Troon in July and this is always a busy time for us.  We do not raise our prices (as some places do) but, so as to ensure our pitches are used fully, we have a minimum 5 day advance booking during that week.

Good news – our touring prices will remain the same as last year!

Jim and I are looking forward to seeing old friends, and making new ones, during this year.

— 2015–

March 2015

Well, it’s March and the park has opened its gates again for a new season – our 22nd year here at Kilkerran.  It is a beautiful day as I write this and, if the long range forecasters have got it right, we can look forward to a warm (even hot) and sunny April.  As I look out of my window onto the River Girvan I can see a pair of Goosanders dipping and diving – they nest somewhere near here every year – and they certainly have ‘Spring’ on their minds!

Our new tariff is in place and the good news is twofold – we have kept our touring prices the same as last year and, as Jim has changed our electrical supplier, we have been able to bring the price of electricity down to 17p per unit! As someone says, “every little helps!”.

Looking to see what’s on close by, I’ve chosen a few, out of a great selection, to highlight here.

In Girvan we have the Little Art School .

The award winning Little Art School offers painting and drawing classes for all ages and abilities. Sundays see classes  for children from 11-30 – 2pm and Tuesdays see adult classes in drawing and painting from 10:30 -12pm.  

Or would you like to learn to be a sheepdog handler? Neil, at Delamford, says:

I have 30 years shepherding experience, shepherding on both high Scottish hills and lowground ewes.

I regularly travel to Europe taking clinics and helping handlers, both experienced and new. After moving to Delamford I am now in an ideal situation to help train both handlers and dogs in lowground and hill situations.

Or what about some retail therapy with a difference at the Little Turnberry Farm and Chicken Nest.  

The Shop has eggs, vegetables, jams and chutneys, beautiful gifts and traditional sweeties as well as everything a backyard chicken keeper needs including feed, hen houses, sundries and laying hens. 

Opening times: Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and by appointment.

While you’re there come and say hello to the Clydesdale horses, white Peafowls, Miniature Donkeys, Miniature Goats, ducks and chickens.

More information about all of these places can be found on the Carrick Ayrshire website link which is highlighted on our homepage.

Whatever your interests are I’m sure there will be something engaging close by and we shall be happy to help you find it!

— 2014–

As I write this on the 30th June, we are basking in beautiful weather.  June has been a good month with temperatures in the high-teens to mid-twenties. Watering the gardens has been a must and talking about gardens we have, in Ayrshire, at least 2 garden open days in July.  On the 13th, Cairnhall House at Ochiltree will be open from 2pm – 5pm.  This is my friend Sarah’s beautiful garden and well worth a visit!  On the 20th a few miles north of here is the Kilmaurs Village Open Gardens Day from 1.30pm – 4.30pm where you can wander around lots of gorgeous cottage gardens.

If you are looking for something more adventurous then I can tell you that Turnberry Adventures offers just that!  Jim and I were invited along to have a taster of some of their activities and enjoyed clay pigeon shooting, archery and quad biking – we had a great time!  They have lots more on offer and you can find out all about it by going to www.turnberryadventures.co.uk or pick up a leaflet at our reception.

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Summer has arrived and we have been having some fine weather at Kilkerran in the Girvan Valley.

June promises to be a busy month as, apart from events going on in the main towns of Ayr and Kilmarnock, there are  things to do every week-end in our local area.

Barr Village Gala is being held on Saturday 7th June with a Fell Run, Pet Show, Stalls, Duck Race, Gala Dance and much more.

On Friday Saturday and Sunday 13th to 15th June the village of Kirkmichael is holding a Music Festival!  This is exciting news as many of us have missed the world famous Guitar Festival which used to be held in the village. Lets hope this is the start of another very successful and regular event.

More music with the famous Dunaskin Doon Band and Maybole Pipe Band plus fun for all the family at Culzean Country Park on Sunday 22nd June as they ‘Celebrate Ayrshire!’.

Lots of fun is to be had on Saturday 28th June as the village of Dailly has it’s Gala Day.

More information on all of these events can be found by clicking on our link to Carrickayrshire on our home page.

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Jim and Sylvia wish all our customers/friends a very happy new year and we hope 2014 brings all that you wish for.

I’m writing this on a wet  day in January and can’t help feeling that by the time we open in March there surely won’t be any rain left to fall! We shouldn’t really complain as the weather here is not as bad as it is in some other areas and we feel real sympathy for anyone experiencing flooding.

Despite the soggy conditions the bulbs are all pushing through just to remind us that Spring IS just around the corner and with it the start of another camping and caravanning season. 

This year we see the launch of the Carrick Community Heritage Trail, a collection of fascinating points of historic, cultural, industrial and natural relevance positioned throughout the region.  You can pick up a leaflet from our reception area and plan  how you wish to follow the trail or have a look at it on the Carrick website highlighted on our home page.

This year is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn where Robert I, known as Robert the Bruce, was the king of Scots who secured Scotland’s independence from England – and his life’s journey began 9 miles away at Turnberry.

This is the year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and events in SW Scotland range from Classical Music, Arts and Walking Festivals to Beach Rugby, Genealogy and much more.

This is the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games.  With excellent road access and frequent public transportation into Glasgow we have already been taking bookings for July!

Whilst our prices will remain the same, between 23rd July and 3rd August we are now taking a minimum booking of 6 days.

Whilst we have our own ‘dark sky’ above  our park only 15 miles away is the world’s first large public use observatory within a gold tier Dark Sky Park at Craigengillan Estate, Dalmellington. Its location, on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, set up in 2009 by Forestry Commission Scotland, means that it enjoys some of the darkest skies in the world; the park itself being one of only ten in the world to be recognised by the International Dark-sky Association. Countless stars, the Milky Way, shooting stars, planets, comets and the Northern Lights are all visible from the area.   The new observatory will provide a spectacular opportunity to view and appreciate the night sky through state-of-the art telescopes and imaging equipment.

Toilet Chemical Fluids

As the park is in the countryside we do not have mains drainage but rely on a septic tank system. Consequently,our Toilet Chemical Disposal discharges into this tank. For the tank to work efficiently and not to pollute the soakaway only biological fluids such as Fenwicks Top and Tail or Biomagic can be used. Any fluids used must not contain Formaldehyde or any other chemicals that would kill the septic tank ‘good’ bacteria.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of your fluid do not put it in your cassette until you have checked with the Proprietor. We have the proper fluid(Fenwicks Top and Tail ) available here in single doses for 40p or 2.5ltr bottles for £10 if you are wanting to go really Green.Your cassette should be well rinsed out before Top and Tail is used as a residue of Formaldehyde can leech in to the plastic inside your cassette and make it more difficult for Top and Tail to work efficiently. Fenwicks make a cleaner called Fendox that can rid the formaldehyde from your cassette for good. Do your bit for the environment and cut out the nasty chemical fluids that are now out of date!!

…..Jim McCosh Proprietor.