Old Byre Visitor Centre.

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Auchencar, Machrie, Isle Of Arran, KA27 8EB

    The Old Byre Visitor Centre is situated on the west coast of the island approximately half a mile north of Machrie golf course. It comprises the Old Byre Showroom shop, Cafe Thyme, Simon Thorborn's pottery and a child's play area.

    The Old Byre Visitor Centre is situated on the west coast of the island approximately half a mile north of Machrie golf course. It comprises the Old Byre Showroom shop, Cafe Thyme, Simon Thorborn's pottery with paint your own pot and a large child's play area. The centre originally began with the Old Byre Showroom however expanded since 2012 and was consequently accreddited as a 4 star Visitor Attraction by Visit Scotland in the spring of 2014. The centre is a family run business and offers something for everyone.

    The Old Byre Showroom has been established since 1967. It offers quality products at reasonable prices with as much sourced from UK companies as possible. They offer quality knitwear, handknitted Arans, sheepskin products, leather bags, clothing and accessories. Brands include Barbour which sells below RRP, Seasalt clothing, Mudd and Water, Braintree, Fisherman out of Ireland, Harley of Scotland, Scott Officer, Frugi and many more. Our childrens range are primarly organic and Fair Trade.There are also sheepskin rugs, woollen throws and a range of gift items including handcrafted cowhorn products. Most of our knitwear is either Scottish or Irish and made from natural materials.

    Cafe Thyme beside the Old Byre Showroom opened in June 2012 and offers a menu not experienced elsewhere on the island. Teas, coffee, homebaking, delicious lunches, homemade bread and pides (Turkish style pizza/calzone baked in the wood burning oven), homegrown salads and herbs, wines, beers, a wide selection of loose leaf teas and a very warm welcome awaits. The couple who run the shop and cafe are a Scottish Turkish mix - this is brought together with a haggis and cheese pide!

    The children's play area offers swings, slide, castle, giant sand pit, trampoline, diggers and many more toys. During the season there is also part of the field opened up for basketball, football, tennis or badminton. Both these are situated opposite the cafe so you can sit and enjoy lunch either inside or out whilst watching the kids play safely. Dinner or takeaway is offered friday and Saturday evenings during the season and large parties can be catered for with prior notice.

    Also on site is Simon Thorborn's pottery shop with many interesting items, also offering "paint your own pot", an ideal take home memory of your holiday. There are also handpainted silk pictures and cards.

    There really is something for everyone here and you can easily spend a few hours enjoying shopping, eating, painting, walking or merely enjoying all the wildlife and stunning views of Kintyre and the amazing Druid standing stone majestically taking pride of place in the field in front.



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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Shop open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm. Cafe open 7 days 10am - 5pm, 10am - 10pm Fri and Sat during the season. Cafe Closed Jan and Feb.


    • Bar Available
    • Breakfast Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Dinner Available Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday evenings during the season, or by prior arrangement for larger parties any night.
    • Evening Meal Available On Friday and Saturday evenings during the season.
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Gluten Free
    • Lunch Available
    • Restaurant
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegan Meals Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available

    Dietary Options

    • Nut Free Meals


    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Island Location
    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Non smokers
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities Child's play area all year and during the season an informal basketball, football, tennis and badminton area.

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route Half a mile from the main road.

    Road Directions

    The Old Byre Visitor Centre is situated approximately half a mile north of Machrie Golf course. Look out for the brown tourist signs and then our own signs at the bottom of the road opposite the sea. Turn up and carry on to the car park - don't worry there are plenty of passing places driving up!

    Public Transport Directions

    It is best to get to us by car, however if you don't have one then buses are passing at regular times. Just ask the bus driver to drop you at the Old Byre Visitor Centre - you will need to walk up from the main road, it's half a mile. If you are unable to walk up please give us a call on 01770 840227 and we'll be happy to come and drive you up.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
    • There are steps to the main entrance


    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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