Hotels in New Cumnock
Set in a town located between Glasgow and Dumfries, New Cumnock hotels are a good base for exploring an area surrounded by beautiful countryside and rich in mining history.
The history of New Cumnock takes in two of Scotland's greatest figures, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, who were both hunted within the nearby Glen Afton. Robert Burns also wrote a poem dedicated to Glen Afton, ‘Sweet Afton'.
Close to New Cumnock are the Knockshinnoch Lagoons, an ideal destination for nature lovers. The lagoons are based on the site of a former coalmine and are now a haven for breeding birds. Whether you're a keen bird watcher or simply looking for an amble through the countryside, the lagoons are an excellent place to spend a relaxing few hours in the countryside.
Galleries and Museums
Housed in a striking building in New Cumnock is the Baird Institute Museum and Art Gallery. You could happily spend a few hours poking around the various exhibitions here, varying in theme from the life and times of the founder of the Labour party, Keir Hardie, to the area's religious struggles during the 17th century. Also on display are artefacts and documents detailing New Cumnock's mining history.
Also nearby is The Doon Valley Museum, housed in an 18th-century building in the small market town of Dalmellington. The museum is well worth a visit and features a number of informative exhibitions on the history of the Doon Valley.
Explore one of Britain's most impressive stately homes with a guided tour of Dumfries House. This grand building features the architecture of Robert Adam and the furniture of Thomas Chippendale, one of the 18th century's most famous Scottish cabinetmakers. Less lavish but just as impressive is the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayr. The museum houses the world's leading collection of Burns' original works and belongings.
A short drive to the south from New Cumnock will take you to the market town of Dumfries, where you'll find a number of shops, restaurants and cafés. Also to the south of New Cumnock is the Galloway Forest Park. If you travel north instead, you'll soon reach Glasgow, Scotland's largest city and home to Glasgow Cathedral and the Glasgow School of Art.
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