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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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  • Windmills End

    Mauchline

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Woodbine Cottage

    Failford, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • Acorn Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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  • Crawfordston Cottage

    Kirkmichael, by Maybole

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.New patio area with garden furniture and a small decked area leading off the front door with a bistro set. Off road parking for one car.

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  • Gilmilnscroft Gatehouse

    Sorn, near Ayr

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5164
    This charming detached gatehouse is situated quietly within the beautiful grounds of the Gilmilnscroft Estate, with formal gardens, enchanted woods rich in flora and fauna with lovely walks, and fields with its own resident sheep. Located close to the quiet village of Sorn with easy access to the River Ayr Way, with over 40 miles of walks through one of the most interesting valleys in southern Scotland with a wide range of habitats and wildlife. Dumfries House, made famous by Prince Charles’ involvement is located approximately 3 miles away from the property, and it is major attraction in East Ayrshire, as is Auchinleck House, home to James Boswell, which is a similar distance away. Also close is the wonderful Ayrshire Coastal Path, over 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing, a choice of golf courses and several country parks to visit, with Culzean Castle, 45 minutes away, (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) being Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction with a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan. The bustling cosmopolitan city of Glasgow is only a 45-minute drive and Edinburgh is 1½ hours, with good train links from Prestwick. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is approximately 1 hour away and the ferry links to the islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran are all close by. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor. Living room: With open fire, 24" Freeview TV and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared 80-acre natural grounds, woodland and pond. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a stream in the grounds, 25 yards away.

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  • Rosebud

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30514

    Set in the beautiful conservation village of Straiton, on the River Girvan, at the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, this traditional end-terraced holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring all that Ayrshire and south west Scotland have to offer. Great walking, cycling and fishing are available on the doorstep. Sandy beaches, famous golf courses, National Trust properties, one of which is Culzean Castle, and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum are all within half an hour. The county town of Ayr is just 16 miles, and cosmopolitan Glasgow is 50 miles. This is a wonderful year-round location, ideal for a romantic retreat or relaxing break. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (family package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area, furniture and summerhouse. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Annick Lodge Mains

    near Irvine, Ayrshire

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC539019
    This lovely, little courtyard cottage dates back to the 16th century and was formerly a farm steading before being used as the gardener’s cottage to the main estate house. The cottage sits in an oasis of calm within an enchanting spot and exudes that cosy, relaxing atmosphere that makes guests feel immediately at ease and in the holiday mood. The twin bedroom is both large and well presented and the light filled lounge the ideal spot for both daytime and evening relaxation. The cottage is very handy to many golf courses and within easy reach of Glasgow. The nearby coastal drive is beautiful and overlooks the islands of Arran and Cumbrae and out towards Bute and Kintyre in the distance.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has LPG central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire, TV with DVD, dining table and chairs
    Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, larder fridge, freezer and washing machine
    Utility Room: With tumble dryer
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    Bedroom 1: With twin beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi available. Small garden mainly laid to lawn. Storage for bikes, fishing rods, golf clubs etc. Off road parking spaces for 2 cars. Put-up-bed available at an additional charge of £25/wk. NB: Covered well in owner’s garden.

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  • Majestik House

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC539050
    This luxury penthouse apartment has a spacious balcony overlooking the sea providing stunning views to the Isle of Arran. Located in the seaside town of Troon and within walking distance to the town centre with yacht marina and restaurant, promenade, beautiful sandy beach, swimming pool and, of course, the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Troon boasts many boutique shops and restaurants and is an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of South West Scotland.
    Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path the area is ideal for walkers and nature lovers with breathtaking views from the Ayrshire Coast. Ideally located to explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae, and during the summer the ferry to the Kintyre Coast. From Troon the ferry to Ireland runs daily and also easily accessible is the ferry to Dunoon, giving access to the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll’s Secret Coast and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 40 minutes, and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links from Troon to both.

    Third Floor: The property is all on the third floor, has lift access, gas central heating and comprises:
    Large open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With 40" Freeview TV, sea views and patio doors to balcony.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Balcony with furniture. Shared lawned courtyard. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Forget Me Not

    Dalmellington

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    2
    Ref: SKKZ

    Set amidst the hills of the Southern Uplands, these beautifully restored, detached holiday cottages set on the banks of a rushing stream offer a relaxing getaway. They are accessed by a track and situated in 3000 acres of undisturbed woodland, wetland and other natural habitats, recognised for their importance by their designations as SSSIs. Wildlife is abundant including red squirrels, ospreys, golden eagles, roe deer and badgers. The estate offers fishing, pony trekking, riding, 27km of all terrain cycling, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking (grade 3+). Golf available at the famed Royal Troon and Turnberry Golf Courses 20 miles. Ayr 15 miles, Castle Douglas 30 miles. Shops 2½ miles.

    Thatched cottage. Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Spacious well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and wooden floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet, tiled floor.

    • DVD
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned cottage garden with furniture

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter logs £5 per bag
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating included (October-March £25per week, short breaks pro rata)
    • Sky TV (basic package)
    • Oil Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Payphone
    • Enclosed gardens set in unspoilt grounds with woodland
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Horse riding, fishing, water sports (own equipment required, prices on arrangement)
    • Stable livery and grazing by prior arrangement
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, sloping banks in woodland. Drop in garden

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  • Ash Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: CC539003
    On a hillside overlooking the town of Ayr, with views across to the Carrick Hills and the Isle of Arran, Ash Cottage is a beautifully furnished barn conversion on the working farm of Kirklandholm. Furnished and decorated to a high standard, the property has two super king size en-suite bedrooms. A decking area outside the kitchen door provides the perfect place to enjoy that morning coffee and admire the scenery, with access to the large lawned garden, landscaped with trees and shrubs.

    Whilst offering a quiet and peaceful location, the town of Ayr and Prestwick are only five miles away, with its wealth of shops and excellent places to eat. The surrounding area has something for everyone, including the world famous golf courses at the Royal Troon and Turnberry, beautiful parks at Bellisle and Rozelle, historic Culzean Castle, Crossraguel Abbey and Burns Cottage and the Robert Burns Heritage trail and Ayr racecourse. Ramblers and cyclists will enjoy exploring Ayrshire’s 80 miles of unspoilt coastal scenery and there are excellent ferry links to transport you to some of Scotlands’s most stunning islands.

    This property can be booked together with Chestnut Cottage (CC539042) and Acorn Cottage (CC539004) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and door to decking.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link twin beds (can be made to super king, please advise when booking) and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be made to super king, please advise when booking) and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi.Decking. Shared, enclosed garden with furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Holly Tree Cottage

    Straiton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC539020
    Holly Tree Cottage is a delightful, cosy cottage set in the very pretty conservation village of Straiton, voted one of the ten Best Villages in Scotland and featured in the book ’The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland’, The village was also used as a location for the film ’The Match’ due to its similarity to a typical Highland village. This former weaver’s cottage is some 200 years old and has been beautifully restored offering every comfort whilst still retaining its character. The relaxing ambience of this property and its open fire makes it an ideal romantic getaway or a superb holiday property for families. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living/Diner: With large feature open fire, basic Sky package plus BT Sports Lite TV, DVD and CD player.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and hand built fitted wardrobes
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure and toilet

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Sitting Area/ Dressing Room: With chaise longue and wardrobe

    Electric storage heating, fuel, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.A generous amount of logs for the fire. Travel cot, high chair and single temporary child bed available. South facing rear patio area (not enclosed) with outdoor furniture. On street parking available.

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  • West Portland

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30763

    This spacious ground floor holiday apartment is conveniently located just yards from the promenade and a sandy beach, in the seaside town of Troon, and is ideally located from which to explore the beauty of South West Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, promenade and a yacht marina, and is home to a world famous golf course. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Troon is the perfect base to explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ferries are available close by to Dunoon, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There are rail links to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Beach 50 yards. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair on request. 42" Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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