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Find cottages in Ayrshire

Ayrshire in Scotland’s south west has miles of quiet coastline and is a region just waiting to be explored, rich in beauty and awash with cultural heritage.

Positioned between the rugged heights of the Galloway Hills in the south and the Firth of Clyde to the north, a holiday in this area provides a wealth of wonderful vistas and lots of fantastic activities and days out.

We have years of experience of offering holiday cottages in Ayrshire to our holidaymakers so why not let us suggest a few things to see and do.

Culzean Castle and Country Park is typical of Ayrshire’s undoubted charms. This huge castle is one of Scotland’s most beloved and once you visit you’ll see why. Set off the south Ayrshire coast it tells the tale of the Kennedys, one of Scotland’s most famous families, whose history can be traced back to Robert the Bruce. Culzean still contains the family’s trophies; the house and stunning grounds, stand as magnificent tributes to its heritage.

Robert Burns is probably Ayrshire’s most famous former resident and one of Scotland’s favourite sons. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in the village of Alloway is a fascinating tribute and a great visitor attraction in its own right. The nearby Burns Monument and Gardens prove an equally popular tribute and offer a fantastic opportunity to brush up on Scottish culture and history while admiring your idyllic surroundings.

Dean Castle and Country Park is undoubtedly one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Explore the castle’s fascinating history before taking a leisurely stroll in the grounds and enjoy a host of activities in the 200 acre park. You can even bring the dog!

Ayrshire’s varied landscape makes it perfect for a variety of different holidays. Pet owners and those looking for active breaks will find a wealth of activities in the rugged hills and lowlands. If you’d prefer a more relaxed pace, you’ll find a number of excellent golf courses that take advantage of the beautiful scenery.

The region’s colorful history and rich heritage makes it perfect for those looking for a more involving exploration of their holiday destination.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Ayrshire today.

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  • River View

    Colmonell near Girvan

    Grade
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    Ref: CC539047
    River View is beautifully placed to enjoy this wonderful scenic area. Converted in 1998 from the former village shop, it offers high quality semi-detached holiday accommodation, all on one level. There is a wonderful view across the valley of the River Stinchar, with the picturesque ruins of Craignell Castle and the surrounding hills. The Ayrshire and Galloway coasts are very accessible with the most magical seascapes looking towards Arran and Ailsa Craig. There are beautiful beaches to enjoy and some outstanding gardens, and a visit to Culzean Castle is a must. Colmonell is the perfect holiday location for the outdoor enthusiast, with golf, cycling and walking in abundance.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 24" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Match Box

    Fairlie

    Grade
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    Ref: CC539024
    The Match Box is a cosy apartment for two within the fabulous holiday location of the North Ayrshire coast. Located within the tranquil village of Fairlie which is situated on the eastern shore of the Firth of Clyde and overlooks the Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes, the apartment offers snug and compact main living space yet has the benefit of a spacious bedroom leading out to a Juliet balcony affording sea views. The Match Box is superbly situated for exploring the myriad of islands off the coastline and the region’s many inland attractions.

    Ground Floor: With four steps to entrance the accommodation is all on one level, heated by gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining:
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Dining Area: With dining furniture for two
    Bedroom: With double bed, Juliet balcony with sea views
    Shower Room; With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Windmills End

    Mauchline

    Grade
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    Ref: CC539044
    This spacious barn conversion is situated on a country road in the Ayrshire countryside, close to the villages of Coylton and Stair. Set within 12 acres of farm and woodland, with a short woodland walk direct from the door, this semi-detached cottage, next to the owners’ home, provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland.
    Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles, easily accessed.
    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing, a choice of golf courses and several country parks to visit. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) being Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can easily be reached for a day out.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open-plan living space: With cathedral ceiling.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With non-slip tiled floor, bath, shower and WC.

    First Floor: Galleried seating area: With Velux windows and views to Arran to the west and countryside to the east.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, extra available by honesty box. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed garden. Sitting-out area and furniture to rear. 12-acre natural, un-spoilt, woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Coach House

    Girvan

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 29824

    This semi-detached, former coach house is situated in the coastal town of Girvan and lies only 100 yards from the harbour and a beautiful sandy beach. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, the holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, with its varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. There are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry and NT Culzean Castle Country Park. With transport links to Glasgow for a day out, day trips to Ireland from Cairnryan and Dumfries and Galloway within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Acorn Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

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    Ref: CC539004
    On a hillside overlooking the town of Ayr which is set amidst rolling farmland of owner’s working farm, with stunning views across to the Carrick Hills, Ayr town and the Isle of Arran, sits Acorn Cottage, a conversion, which has been beautifully decorated and furnished to offer comfortable and cosy accommodation on two levels. The double bedroom with en-suite bathroom is reached by a staircase from the downstairs lounge and kitchen and the shared garden offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Acorn Cottage is in a quiet location within the working farm of Kirklandholm, on a hillside only five miles from Ayr, where there is a wealth of good eating places, shops, hotels and bar. Nearby there is plenty to do, with several quality golf courses, including the world famous Royal Troon and Turnberry, beautiful parks at Bellisle and Rozelle, historic Culzean Castle, Crossraguel Abbey and Burns Cottage, many walks along Ayrshire’s 80 miles of unspoilt coastal scenery, and not forgetting a day at the races at Ayr racecourse.

    This property can be booked together with Chestnut Cottage (CC539042) and Ash Cottage (CC539003) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric and bed linen included. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-Fi. Shared, enclosed garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Harbour View

    Girvan

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    Ref: CC539033
    First floor apartment ideally located in the coastal town of Girvan overlooking the Harbour. Originally a fishing port, Girvan is now a small seaside resort and from here you can enjoy a cruise round the famous Ailsa Craig, the home of the granite used to make curling stones. Or why not enjoy a day’s fishing. Situated on the spectacular rugged Ayrshire coastline there are many coast and inland walks and cycle routes. The area is famed for its championship golf courses at Turnberry, Troon and Prestwick which are all within easy reach. Culzean Castle (NT) and the Burns Visitor Centre are among many attractions. Catch the ferry to Ireland for the day from Cairnryan which is within easy driving distance.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Private entrance and hallway to...
    Lounge: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Spacious with breakfast area, sea views, gas cooker, microwave/oven/grill, fridge, freezer and washer and dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. £25pw winter fuel supplement.Small enclosed garden with furniture, BBQ and sea views. Bike store. On street parking. NB: The property is 100 yards away from the river.

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  • Learig Cottage

    Maidens

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    Ref: S4579

    The delightful harbour village of Maidens, situated on the largely unexplored coastline of south western Scotland and just 1.5 miles from magnificent golf at Turnberry, is the enviable location for this lovingly restored fisherman’s bothy. This studio-style accommodation boasts its own private decked sitting-out area and is surrounded by the owners’ pretty garden, complete with pond, whilst the harbour, village green and coastline abundant with birdlife are almost on the doorstep. Close by, Culzean Castle is well worth a visit as are Souter Johnnie’s Cottage at Kirkoswald and the Burns National Heritage Centre at Alloway. Trips to the island of Arran depart from Ardrossan and day trips to Northern Ireland from Stranraer are easily possible. Troon is 20 miles. An excellent restaurant is within a short stroll and Maidens has a village shop. Pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Kitchen. Shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared garden. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and drops in garden.

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  • Braemar

    Lendalfoot, Girvan

    Grade
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    Ref: W42135

    Close to the sea

    This charming wooden detached bungalow is situated in the small hamlet of Lendalfoot, 6 miles from the seaside town of Girvan with harbour, shops, pubs and restaurants, and boasts stunning views over the sea to Ailsa Craig. Towering over the Carleton cottages are Carleton and Balsalloch Hills, rising steeply from the shore, both are crowned with ancient forts. To the south of the village is an excellent off road picnic area, with sandy beach and excellent views up and down the coast. When the tide is out you can walk out to the rocks and see seals swimming and basking. An ideal area to explore the scenic countryside of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and a popular area for outdoor pursuits. Shops, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric Range. Washing machine and freezer in garage. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Manor Park - Ardbeg

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
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    Ref: SP18

    Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house

    Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

    Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/double bedroom area. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Woodbine Cottage

    Failford, nr. Ayr

    Grade
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    Ref: 28782

    This detached, single-storey holiday cottage is situated in a quiet lane in the charming village of Failford and is only a couple of minutes walk away from the River Ayr and the Wildlife Trust Gorge Walk. It provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. Visit the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses and country parks, including NT properties. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached for a day out. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles (regular bus service daytime and evenings).

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with summer house. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Causeway

    Fairlie near Largs

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC539045
    Situated on the Ayrshire coast in the village of Fairlie, and close to the bustling town of Largs with its shops, restaurants and promenade, this spacious apartment provides an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. It lies within 200 yards of the coast and is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of Bute. Ferries also run to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and is an ideal location for cyclists and walkers with Skelmorlie heralding the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Culzean Castle Country Park, extending over 550 acres, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day trip, with rail links available from the town.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, 32" Satellite Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, elec oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With wooden floor and double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Rear sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden with sitting-out area. Shared lawned drying area. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Crawfordston Cottage

    Kirkmichael, by Maybole

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    Ref: CC539027
    This spacious , traditional cottage is set in a tranquil, idyllic rural location with open countryside all around and yet the coastal town of Ayr is only a short drive. It is an ideal base to explore this beautiful area rich in places to visit and things to do. Nearby is Culzean Castle and Country Park, designated by architect Robert Adam and is one of his finest buildings. It sits dramatically on the cliff top looking across to Arran and Ailsa Craig. Inland is Dumfries House with its unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the sumptuous interiors have remained unchanged for 250 years. There are over twenty other castles in the area, many are romantic ruins such as Dunduff Castle in Dunure and Turnberry Castle believed to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce. Further north is Dundonald Castle, built in 1371 and used as a royal residence for the Stewart kings for 150 years. Ayrshire is home to Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, and the award winning birthplace museum in Alloway by Ayr hosts events throughout the year. Nearby is Burns’ Cottage, Alloway Auld Kirk and Brig O’Doon. Soutar Johnnie’s cottage is located a few miles further south in the village of Kirkoswald, also home to the Whisky Experience, a specialist shop offering tasting evenings for novices and aficionados. The beautiful Isle of Arran is an easy day trip with ferries leaving from Ardrossan or, during the summer, step aboard the Waverley, the world’s last sea going paddle steamer, for an unforgettable trip.
    There are some lovely walks along the quiet roads by the cottage with great views across to the hills and in the nearby village of Straiton there is an extensive network of signposted walks of varying lengths offering excellent opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. The Galloway Forest Park has miles of trails perfect for exploring on bicycle. Fishing is available on local rivers, lochs and fisheries plus sea fishing from Aye or Girvan. Golfers are well catered for in Ayrshire with championship courses such as Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick close by but there are also many challenging, smaller courses in Maybole, Dailly, Girvan and Ayr. Horse riding along the beach at Maidens or along the banks of the Doon on Craigengillan Estate is a great way to experience the stunning scenery. Craigengillan also has a superb path network including the gorge walk at Ness Glen; magical at all times of the year. Situated on a hilltop is the recently opened Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, the only publicly accessible observatory in a Dark Sky Park. After enjoying a great day out discovering and experiencing the delights of Ayrshire, Crawfordston Cottage is the perfect place to relax. The detached cottage gets the sun all day and evening, formerly a farm workers home it has been carefully modernised to retain original features but with all the comforts of modern living. It is well equipped with a good selection of books, local maps, games including boules, binoculars and information on local attractions.

    Ground Floor: Property is on one level and is heated by an eco pellet stove  central heating system and comprises:
    Sitting room/Dining/ Bedroom: A spacious open plan and contemporary room with views of the garden and countryside. TV with Freesat and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, dishwasher, larder fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine ( in storage cupboard)
    Bedroom: With king size bed and fitted wardrobes. This room leads from the sitting room and although is private it does not have a door
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and bed linen included. Broadband available.Partially enclosed garden mainly laid to lawn with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for one car.

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