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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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  • Auchendrane Stables - Blue Peter

    Alloway, near Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC844

    Situated on the owners’ beautiful small estate, with river and woodland walks direct from the door, these two beautifully converted cottages were formerly part of the Victorian stables to the main house (named Grey Man and Blue Peter, after horses who lived in these stables). Set within extensive grounds, visitors also have access to the tennis court.

    Auchendrane Stables are in the heart of Robert Burns country, close to the village of Alloway, and the area is steeped in tradition and history. In Alloway itself you will find Burns’ cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig O’Doon - the bridge from the famous Tam o’ Shanter poem.

    Ayrshire is home to the Ayrshire coastal path, a 100 mile long coastal walk with one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles and spectacular views across to Arran and up the Firth of Clyde. You may be lucky and spot deer, otters and seals and it is also a haven for birdwatchers.

    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, and activities such as riding, racing and golf to enjoy. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry course ( 25 minutes away) and the Turnberry Hotel with its spa and outdoor centre. Attractions also include Culzean Castle (National Trust for Scotland) and Dumfries House, both with stunning gardens.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, while Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. There are ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ayr is 10-minutes away and is a traditional seaside town with its own racecourse.

    Ayr has many wine bars and restaurants, 5 miles. Beaches 5 miles. Small local shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 4 miles.

    Grey Man (UKC845) and Blue Peter (UKC844) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.

    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed, Velux window and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Velux window.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and Velux window.

    Bio-mass central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared natural unspoilt grounds with woodland. Shared access to tennis court. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river in the grounds, 50 yards away.

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  • Cart Shed

    Mauchline, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: SSAW

    Set in 4 acres of woodland and close to the quaint village of Failford, this detached 18th-century cottage has stunning original arched windows and is a short walk away from the River Ayr Way. It provides a tranquil 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 (a long distance walking route winding 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles) being easily accessed. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, as well as riding, racing, golf and country parks. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, tiled floor and kitchen area. Double bedroom with door to patio. Step to twin bedroom with feature stone wall and fully tiled en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor air source heat pump central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 37" Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • 4-acre natural unspoilt woodland
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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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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  • Auchendrane Stables - Grey Man

    Alloway, near Ayr

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC845

    Situated on the owners’ beautiful small estate, with river and woodland walks direct from the door, these two beautifully converted cottages were formerly part of the Victorian stables to the main house (named Grey Man and Blue Peter, after horses who lived in these stables). Set within extensive grounds, visitors also have access to the tennis court.

    Auchendrane Stables are in the heart of Robert Burns country, close to the village of Alloway, and the area is steeped in tradition and history. In Alloway itself you will find Burns’ cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig O’Doon - the bridge from the famous Tam o’ Shanter poem.

    Ayrshire is home to the Ayrshire coastal path, a 100 mile long coastal walk with one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles and spectacular views across to Arran and up the Firth of Clyde. You may be lucky and spot deer, otters and seals and it is also a haven for birdwatchers.

    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, and activities such as riding, racing and golf to enjoy. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry course ( 25 minutes away) and the Turnberry Hotel with its spa and outdoor centre. Attractions also include Culzean Castle (National Trust for Scotland) and Dumfries House, both with stunning gardens.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, while Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. There are ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ayr is 10-minutes away and is a traditional seaside town with its own racecourse.

    Ayr has many wine bars and restaurants, 5 miles. Beaches 5 miles. Small local shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 4 miles.

    Grey Man (UKC845) and Blue Peter (UKC844) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom. With toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed, Velux windows and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and Velux window.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Velux window.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and Velux window.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and Velux window.

    Tennis court. Private parking for 2 cars.

    Bio-mass central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared natural unspoilt grounds with woodland. Shared access to tennis court. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river in the grounds, 50 yards away.

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  • Knock Old Castle

    Largs

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: UKC868

    Knock Old Castle dates back to the 16th-century and has been fantastically resurrected by the current owner into a truly unique, whimsical, fairytale castle. What was a 5 year long project, this detached castle has been lovingly restored, where local craftsmen have utilised their skills, imagination and expertise to make this property into something that will amaze every guest.
    From the quirky doors and interior, where no straight lines will be found, to the sauna in the tower, and the painted ceiling in the keep, to the stunning views over the sea from the glass domed lookout, and not forgetting the sheep grazing on the wild flower roof. Old Knock Castle will be sure to exceed every expectation.
    The castle is situated on the Ayrshire coast and adjacent to the owner’s home, with only a short walk from the shore and close to the bustling town of Largs with its shops, restaurants and promenade. This holiday property is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of Bute. Ferries 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. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    4 steps down to...
    Castle keep/living room 1: With wood burner, beams and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, beams, wooden floor and patio doors leading to courtyard.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Living room 2:
    With wood burner, 48" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, beams and patio doors leading to balcony.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle (no toilet).
    Separate toilet.
    Second Floor:

    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Third Floor:
    Bedroom 3:
    With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Fourth Floor:
    Bedroom 4:
    With super kingsize bed and Velux windows.
    Tower: With sauna.

    Biomass central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burners included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Courtyard with lawned area, sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private sauna. Bike store. Private parking for 8 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced stream in the garden, 10 yards away.

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  • Harbour View

    Maidens

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: SFFV

    This detached villa is set in a spectacular beachside location in Maidens village, with uninterrupted views over the harbour and towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, and the village offers a range of amenities including a shop, post office, very popular restaurant, hotel and harbour.
    This corner of South West Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect holiday spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses: the world famous Turnberry is only a mile from Maidens and there are also 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent rivers for fishing and superb routes for walking.
    Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Remodelled by the Scottish architect Robert Adam, it houses a small exhibition displaying President Eisenhower’s military civilian and military career and his association with Culzean. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Glasgow/Prestwick airport is 20 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 100 yards, bar 1 mile.

    Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with solid oak floor and French doors to rear garden. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two twin bedrooms. Fully tiled bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large living room with oak floor and harbour views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and fully tiled en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included (October-April £25 per week)
    • Two high chairs
    • Two satellite plasma TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced harbour 150 yards

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