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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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  • Lendalfoot, Girvan, Ayrshire
    Lendalfoot, Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Braemar

    Lendalfoot, Girvan, Ayrshire

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    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally situated to explore the scenic countryside, this charming coastal detached bungalow is an ideal year round location. Ideally situated to explore the scenic countryside, this charming coastal detached bungalow is an ideal year round location.
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    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...

  • Largs, Ayrshire
    Largs, Ayrshire×

    Kelburn Court

    Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5337
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Coast within 1 mile
    This apartment is located in the popular coastal town of Largs on the West Coast of Scotland. Excellent ferry connections to the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of Bute.
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    This cosy ground floor apartment is situated in the bustling seaside town of Largs which boasts shops, restaurants and a promenade. It is ideally located for those wishing to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of Bute. Ferries also run to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varied coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and is great for cyclists and walkers with...
  • Mauchline, Ayrshire
    Mauchline, Ayrshire×

    Windmills End

    Mauchline, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539044
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A romantic retreat in a peaceful, rural location surrounded by 12 acres of natural, un-spoilt, woodland grounds, great for walks.
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    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...
  • Largs, Ayrshire
    Largs, Ayrshire×

    Sandy Bay

    Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5295
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    A ground floor apartment located just yards from the seafront and within walking distance of Largs town centre with its charming promenade, ferry trips and leisure facilities.
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    This cosy apartment is situated in the bustling seaside town of Largs with shops, restaurants and promenade on your doorstep. It is ideal for exploring 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 varied coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and is an ideal location for cyclists and walkers with Skelmorlie heralding the start of...
  • Girvan, Ayrshire
    Girvan, Ayrshire×

    The Coach House

    Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 29824
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities
    This holiday cottage is only 100 yards away from the harbour and sandy beach in the coastal town of Girvan. This holiday cottage is only 100 yards away from the harbour and sandy beach in the coastal town of Girvan.
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    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...
  • Maidens, Ayrshire
    Maidens, Ayrshire×

    Learig Cottage

    Maidens, Ayrshire

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    Ref: S4579
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Sea View - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Fisherman’s bothy with private decked area, close to coastline and harbour, Burns National Heritage Centre easily reached. Fisherman’s bothy with private decked area, close to coastline and harbour, Burns National Heritage Centre easily reached.
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    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...

  • Crosshill, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Crosshill, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Lilac Bank Cottage

    Crosshill, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5209
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Nestled in Burns’ Country, close to Dalduff Farm, one of the top wedding venues in Scotland.
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    Set in the beautiful conservation village of Crosshill, at the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, this traditional cottage is an ideal base for exploring all that Ayrshire and south west Scotland has to offer.
    Nestled in the heart of Burns’ Country, the area is steeped in tradition and history. Fans of Burns will be able to visit many attractions that are available, including Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’Doon, the bridge from the famous...
  • Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Rowantree Cottage

    Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5480
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile
    A perfect semi-detached cottage for two, not far from Girvan and the Ayrshire coast, great for walking and bird watching.
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    This charming cottage is situated in the sleepy village of Colmonell between the River Stinchar and the sea, and is close to the village of Ballantrae. This cosy, semi-detached cottage provides a wonderful setting in the peaceful south Ayrshire countryside, and the village has stunning views over the Stinchar Valley. With river, hill and woodland walks direct from the door, the property is also situated close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines...
  • Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Acorn Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539004
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio
    Acorn Cottage is in a quiet location within the working farm of Kirklandholm, on a hillside only five miles from Ayr and two miles from Prestwick.
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    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...
  • Failford, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Failford, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Woodbine Cottage

    Failford, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 28782
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Situated in a charming village close to a pub, this detached single-storey cottage enjoys a cosy woodburner. Situated in a charming village close to a pub, this detached single-storey cottage enjoys a cosy woodburner.
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    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...

  • Colmonell near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Colmonell near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    River View

    Colmonell near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539047
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile
    This romantic retreat enjoys some great views of the River Stinchar, Craignell Castle and the surrounding hills.
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    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...
  • Kirkmichael, by Maybole, Ayrshire
    Kirkmichael, by Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Crawfordston Cottage

    Kirkmichael, by Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539027
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Traditional cottage for couples set in a tranquil rural location only a short drive from Ayr
     
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    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...

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