Countryside Holiday Cottage   




We are Alistair and Janet Borthwick, owners of Mid Wellwood Farm and Bothy. We have three grown up daughters, Rachel, Laura and Jemma who help out on the family farm at busy times.

Recently, we have renovated the bothy partly funded by The European Agricultural Development Fund for Rural Development. 

Hope you enjoy our website and look forward to seeing you soon!

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   Our  Journey...   

For the past 30 years, the original Bothy on our family farm was used for storing animal feeding and machinery.  After a little imagination, the project to convert our Bothy into a holiday cottage began.


   On The Farm   

Mid Wellwood is an upland sheep farm located near Muirkirk in East Ayrshire. We have blackface ewes which are crossed with the blue-faced leicester to produce Scotch Mule lambs. Visits during spring will have the opportunity to feed lambs and see the lambing shed. Throughout the year our two old pigs live in the wood opposite the bothy for you to say hello :)

We are also heavily involved in conservation schemes, encouraging the breeding of upland birds such as Hen Harriers, Owls, Merlin, Peregrine and Golden Plower.  On the farm, we have paths which lead directly to the River Ayr, providing an excellent escape to nature.



Self Catering


Two Bedroom, sleeps 4/5 guests. Spacious and comfortable living area with fully equipped kitchen. Suitable for children of all ages.

Free Wifi

Wifi available in the holiday cottage with Smart TV . 

Wood-burning Stove


Initial Kindling and extra logs will be available.

Farm Life

Experience life on a working farm on your stay and embrace countryside living, with the opportunity to bottle feed lambs in spring. 

Hot Tub


Relax in our luxurious wood-fired hot tub any time of the day or night.

Dog Friendly

Maximum of two, well behaved dogs allowed. Cleaning equipment outside the Bothy to minimise mucky paws.




 See & Do 

Places to Eat


There is a wonderful choice of eating places close by for a light bite in the afternoon or a main evening meal. 

Take away options are available and will deliver to the door.

  • The Sorn Inn (Sorn)

  • The Waterside (Strathaven)

  • The Fairburn Hotel (Mauchline)

  • Boswell's Coach House - Auchinleck

  • Lochside House Hotel (New Cumnock)

  • The Dumfries Arms (Cumock)

  • Woody's Ice Cream Parlour (Mauchline)

  • The Coo Shed (Ayr)

  • Langholm Tea Room & Farm Shop (Symington)

  • Dumfries House (Cumnock)

  • Dunbar Diner Pizzas and Burgers (Muirkirk)

  • Garran Fish Bar - Takeaway (Muirkirk)

 Full list available at the Bothy.

Local Walks


The village of Muirkirk is full of fascinating historical walks itself. The walker's Car Park begins these routes

  • Cairn Table is the highest hill on Muirkirk's skyline. It is a popular climb with well trodden paths to the summit where a large carin made of stone sits. The Walk talkes 2-2.5 hours and is suitable for all abilities.

  • Tibbies Brig is a famous bridge surrounded by beautiful trees and scenery in the heart of Muirkirk. The bridge is in memory of the Scottish Poet Isabel Pagan who lived and died there. This is a short 20 min walk and is easily accessed.

  • Sanquhar Brig is found on the route to Sanquhar from Muirkirk and is a pleasant walk through the countryside. Approx 5km walk there and back.

  • Glenbuck is a historic village neighbouring Muirkirk. It marks the beginning of the River Ayr Source to End walk. Glenbuck is also the birthplace of Bill Shankly the Liverpool Football Player - there is a Heritage Village in his memory with several walking paths.

Day Out


Further afield there are plenty options for a fun filled day away for all the family to enjoy!

  • Dumfries House - 10 miles

  • New Lanark - 24 miles

  • Electric Brae - 32 miles

  • River Ayr Walk - local

  • Dark Sky Observatory - 26 miles

  • Robert Burns Museum -24 miles 

  • Culzean Castle and Turnberry - 35 miles

  • Whitelee Wind Farm and Visitor Centre - 26 miles

For Kids - 

  • New Cumnock Open Air Pool - 13 miles

  • Gemmells Soft Play - 17 miles

  • The Garage Kilmarnock - 10 pin bowling and Go Carting -  20 miles

  • Heads of Ayr Farm Park - 27 miles

  • Calderglen Country Park - 22 miles

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