Belleisle Gardens

Parks & Gardens

Doonfoot Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 4DU

    Belleisle Estate is one of the most popular family attractions within South Ayrshire.

    The Estate has at its heart a beautiful 18th century house now used as an hotel. It is set within a typical Estate landscape of woods, which give it a tranquil setting. It also has a well laid out walled garden.

    Belleisle is synonomous with golf with its 18-hole golf course designed by Mr. James Braid who is known for his work at Gleneagles.


    Belleisle has a more varied and turbulent history in comparison to its near neighbour Rozelle. At the sale of the Barony lands in 1754 Dr. Alexander Campbell of Ayr purchased Belleisle mansion house and the lands attached, which were known as Netherton of Alloway at that time.

    Around 1765 the property fell to Campbell's brother, Archibald who was a writer in Edinburgh, and in turn he was succeeded in 1775 by John Campbell of Wellwood (nephew). At his death Hugh Hamilton of Pinmore purchased the property.

    Hamilton extended the estate by purchasing surrounding property and he also built part of the mansion that we see today. It was at this time that it became known as Belleisle. His nephew Colonel Alexander West Hamilton inherited the estate. Colonel Hamilton had the former mansion almost entirely rebuilt and enlarged to form what we see today. In 1839 the estate fell to his son Hugh Hamilton who was in his minority and was later purchased by William Smith Dixon of Motherwell. In 1886 the estate was sold once again the new owners being the Coats family.

    In 1926 Ayr Burgh Council purchased Belleisle for the sum of £25,000. This led to questions being raised in the House of Commons.


    Belleisle Estate has both wild and domesticated animals. The wild life that you may expect is dependent on time of year and time of day of your visit. This may include Kingfishers, Sparrow Hawks, Owls and a range of garden birds. Animals would include Hedgehogs, Foxes and Squirrels.

    We would ask that visitors not feed the feral cats that live and roam next to the main house.
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Ayr railway station, you can take the A9 bus from Burn Statue Square to Doonfoot Road. Operated by Stagecoach, it runs every half hour Monday to Saturday.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- 7 miles from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, Belleisle Estate is on the A719. The entrance gates are on the left on Doonfoot Road.

    Getting there by ferry:- The nearest ferry terminals are in Troon and Ardrossan, travel to Ayr via the A78, then take the A719. Superfast Ferries operate a daily service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge, Belgium. Head southwest via the A90, then M8, and M77 then the A77 south to Ayr, then take the A719. The entrance gates are on the left on Doonfoot Road. From Stranraer take the A77 north past Girvan then take the scenic A719 route north past Maidens and Dunure. Belleisle entrance is on the right as you travel along Doonfoot Road.

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