Just down the coast, about 15 km from West Kilbride is a town called Kilwinning. Every town has a story, much like everyone has a tale to tell, and so does the former village of Dalgarven. Gathering up their history and what makes them individual and unique provides a way for them to show who they are to others who would take time out of their day to learn something new. This is exactly what the Country Life and Costume Museum of Ayrshire does by showing us many examples of that unique existence.
A flour mill exists on site, hearkening all the way back to when Kilwinning Monks originally maintained one back in the 14h century. Milling has been a staple of the area’s economy in ages past. Though the wheel turns rarely now, the original methods and means with which the monks milled can still be seen. The structure currently in place was built in the 1600s and rebuilt because of a fire that ran through it in the late 1800s.
River Garnock flows through the area, providing those with a more natural eye and taste a sight to behold. You can stroll through the area which is rich with many species of wildflowers and a large meadow teeming with flowering species during the spring season. If you’re a bird watcher, or someone you’re with is, take them on this walk as well. Heron, swallows, and many other species of birds and wildlife call the area home. Definitely a nature lover’s destination of choice.
If all the walking and outdoor activity has worn you out, you can finish off your day by visiting the museum and stopping at its shops. Grab some tea and relax while reading or people watching or stop in at the farmhouse kitchen for a light lunch. Food and drink are plentiful for those who visit and expend their energy at this great destination. While contemplating your next move, you could also visit one of onsite antique shops as well. At this museum, there’s a little something for everyone and all tastes. Unforgettable and definitely a destination highly recommended for those who are looking for something new and exciting.