There’s a real community feel to the small conservation village of Dunlop, with its range of amenities and events, which include regular film nights, village fetes and other social activities.
It’s rural bliss, yet in just 30 minutes you can be whisked into the City Centre of Glasgow from Dunlop train station. Little wonder then that it’s so highly sought-after.
The local primary school in Dunlop is a feeder school for one of East Ayrshire’s best secondary schools, Stewarton Academy. There are also independent options around 35 minutes away, including Wellington School, Ayr and several in Glasgow.
For artisan bread and pastries baked four times a week, head down to the Idle Hands Shop & Bakery on Main Street, Dunlop. Shelves groan with exquisite cakes, loaves and savouries, which are replenished until sold out. Have a chat and an espresso, and pop back later for lunchtime essentials.
All on your doorstep
Merito is the 19th century community owned village pub with log burning fire. You’ll find traditional pub games and quizzes here, along with live music from time to time, Sports TV, and a popular-with-locals fish and chips night.
Struthers Farmhouse Café and Shop in Dunlop is a lovely place to sit and enjoy homemade food or buy a variety of local produce, including classic Ayrshire tatties and Scottish strawberries. For a more substantial meal, The Blair or The Mill House are only a few minutes’ drive away, offering a great selection of locally sourced home cooked fayre.
The market town of Stewarton is also just a couple of miles away, with a full range of stores, including Sainsbury’s and Aldi, a health centre, pharmacy and library.
Access to the main motorway at the M77 is 15-minute drive away and Glasgow Airport is 30 minutes by car.
When the great outdoors calls, there’s a plethora of walks right on your doorstep in this rural idyll, even before you’ve left your own land!