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Ayr

Sitting on the lovely Ayrshire coast, at the mouth of the River Ayr, is the historical coastal town of Ayr. The town is steeped in history, with its roots going back to the 13th century, pre-dating the Magna Carta, Ayr is the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland.

This popular seaside resort has a splendid esplanade with a long, sandy beach. From the beach, you can see out over the sea to the nearby Isle of Arran and on a very clear day you may even make out the northern tip of Northern Ireland. The long beach is perfect for relaxing walks and taking in the invigorating sea air.

As well as its fine beach, many shops and restaurants, Ayr is home to some beautiful 15th century buildings and landmarks, such as Louden Hall, the Tolbooth and the Auld Brig, which is now a pedestrian walkway. Although none of the 10th century Ayr Castle exists above ground, in 1654, Oliver Cromwell built a citadel on the castle site, the walls of which remain largely visible today.

Spend a day at Ayr Racecourse, one of Scotland’s best known racecourses, it plays host to both National Hunt and flat racing and is sure to provide an adrenaline-fuelled day out. Explore the Ayr coastline and visit the coastal resorts of Troon and Prestwick.

However you choose to spend your days, Ayr has plenty to whet your appetite and if you are so inclined, you might want to spend your evenings whetting your palate with a local Ayrshire whiskey and perhaps raising a wee dram to Ayr’s famous son, Robbie Burns who was born in nearby Alloway.

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  • Skares, near Cumnock, Ayrshire
    Skares, near Cumnock, Ayrshire×

    Redwood House

    Skares, near Cumnock, Ayrshire

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    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This property is located 1½ hours away from Edinburgh - an ideal location for experiencing the Edinburgh Festival. This property is located 1½ hours away from Edinburgh - an ideal location for experiencing the Edinburgh Festival.
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    This stunning, custom-built detached house is set along a quiet country lane with fantastic views, in addition, it has its own large, private, landscaped garden, including a pond. This property was both designed and built by the owner, and includes large windows to showcase the views outside, with careful attention to detail in the design of the rooms to maximise space and give a romantic, yet practical feel. It is set in glorious Ayrshire, home of Robert Burns - the spectacular Robert...

  • Minishant, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Minishant, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Monkwood House

    Minishant, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC1157
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoy a taste of the good life in this beautiful country house, with extensive grounds and spacious accommodation it’s perfect for a family get together. Enjoy a taste of the good life in this beautiful country house, with extensive grounds and spacious accommodation it’s perfect for a family get together.
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    This Georgian, listed, detached country house offers beautifully presented and spacious accommodation and benefits from a large indoor heated swimming pool, and is situated within the owners’ private estate with river and woodland walks direct from the door. Nestled in the heart of Burns’ Country, and close to the village of Alloway, the area is steeped in tradition and history. Fans of Burns will be able to visit many attractions including Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial...

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