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A pretty plant nursery where you can bottle your own milk from their working dairy farm next door has scored a five-star rating from VisitScotland.

Corton Plants and its café The Coo Shed achieved the national tourism organisation’s top-quality award.

The visitor attraction, which is located at South Corton Farm, Alloway, South Ayrshire, received an “exceptional” score in categories including core experience, hospitality, friendliness, staff efficiency, catering, and cleanliness following a Quality Assurance visit.

Alison Kerr, owner of Corton Plants, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this five star accolade. This is a result of lots of hard work by myself, my family and a fantastic team of staff.

“We want every customer who crosses our threshold to have an experience they will remember and share with their friends and this rating will hopefully encourage more people to give us a try.”

Corton Plants was established in 2004 by Alison, and has grown from a single poly-tunnel to a full plant nursery, with seven poly-tunnels housing over 200 plant varieties. The Coo Shed opened its doors in 2017.

Developed over the last four decades in partnership with the tourism industry and informed by visitor research, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes are world-leading. QA stars alongside online reviews give visitors a balance of objective and subjective views to assist in their decision making and expectations.

As well as achieving a five-star rating, Corton Plants also joined VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best schemes.

The Taste Our Best award scheme – a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government, with support from Scotland Food and Drink - was designed to promote the use of Scottish produce within the tourism industry and recognise businesses that offer great quality Scottish food and drink experiences.

Gordon Smith, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “I am delighted that Corton Plants and the Coo Shed has achieved a five-star Quality Assurance rating. This is a clear sign of Ayrshire’s tourism offering going from strength to strength as it becomes the tenth five-star attraction in the region.

“This award is a testament to all of the hard work and dedication of the staff.

“We need to continue to create world class experiences, events and attractions to keep up with ever-changing visitor demands. Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change.”

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