Dean Park, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
This has got to be Scotland's best kept secret. I have only just found out about it, despite being born and brought 40 min drive up the road and for the last 6 months I have been 5 minutes round the corner.
There is something here for every one. The 15th century castle is absolutely stunning and sits in beautifully kept gardens. I have not yet had the chance to go inside the castle as I had my dog with me. On the website you can take a panorama tour and I will be back soon.
There are also miles of walking along by the river and through mature broad-leaf forests. Pick up a free map so you don't get lost!
For the kids, there is a playground along with donkeys, pygmy goats and an aviary
The park is conveniently located for Prestwick airport and is not too far from the better known Culzean Castle, Maybole, S. Ayrshire.
Definitely recommended and as a bonus, entry is FREE!