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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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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: SSAK

    These historic cottages (refs SSAJ to SSAQ) are set within the stunning Blairquhan Castle Estate in a beautiful valley with the River Girvan winding through. Blairquhan Castle, a Regency era castle, is protected as a category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. Used as a location for the Oscar winning film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, Blairquhan has also featured in other TV programmes.

    The stables, designed by William Burn in 1820-24, are also of architectural interest and, along with the lodges on the estate, form the holiday accommodation. Blairquhan Bridge was also designed by William Burn; it is a single arch, stone, hump-back bridge, possibly 18th-century and B listed. The woods of Blairquhan are a major feature of landscape. Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day, most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. A famous tree at Blairquhan is the ’Dool’ tree, a large sycamore sited on the lawn to the east of the house was used for execution by hanging after trial by the laird. With well-established woodlands, beautifully manicured lawns, an avenue of 18th-century lime trees and many other magnificent vistas, the estate creates a unique atmosphere and provides the ideal holiday surroundings to escape everyday life.

    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 including Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’Doon - the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’Shanter. Blairquhan is within walking distance to the small Ayrshire village of Straiton, and a short drive from Kirkmichael and Maybole. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape and hills dotted with sheep and traversed by the winding River Girvan. On a clear day, Ailsa Craig can be seen in the distance.

    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. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals; it is also a haven for bird watchers.

    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 which is close at hand. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, and a short drive leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with electric woodburner and kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two single bedrooms.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Easy walking access

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 200-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture and walled garden
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds

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  • Kilpatrick Farm House

    Pinmore, near Girvan

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 18964

    This spacious holiday home sits within the Ayrshire countryside on a working farm, with walks from the door. Girvan, 6 miles. Explore the coast with sandy beaches or rocky paths. Golf at Turnberry, a short drive. Salmon and trout fishing available at cost. Explore the Solway from Newton Stewart. Wigtown offers many book shops and cafes. Private fishing by arrangement. Shops and pub 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. 3 steps up to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break, October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times, working farm). No smoking. NB: There is a river close to the property.

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  • Fairways

    Irvine

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: 27995

    Situated close to the Ayrshire coast, this detached holiday property is located on the edge of a golf course with access to the beach a mile away, and on to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The area is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit; Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen. Children’s playroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two satellite TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Sandyknowe

    Coylton near Ayr

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539012
    This spacious, light-filled and airy bungalow is ideal for the gathering of family and friends and overlooks the delightful Isle of Arran and open countryside. A sunset viewed from the restful haven of Sandyknowe is a truly memorable experience and the perfect way to end the day. Sandyknowe is positioned on a working farm close to Coylton where there are local facilities available and is superbly located for exploring this beautiful and largely unspoilt region of Scotland.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Spacious hallway
    Lounge: With open fire and electric fire, TV and DVD enjoying lovely views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran
    Dining Room: A spacious and tastefully furnished dining area.
    Conservatory: A bright, large room with open views across open countryside and west towards the Isle of Arran.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge
    Sun Porch/Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed with memory foam topper boasting lovely rural views with en suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed with pull out single bed available on request and lovely views
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Storage for bicycles, fishing and walking gear. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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  • Chestnut Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: CC539042
    Surrounded by open countryside, this spacious cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore the beauty of the Ayrshire countryside and coastline. Popular with walkers and cyclists, the cottage is situated close to both the River Ayr Walk and Ayrshire Coastal Path, Chestnut 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. The bustling cosmopolitan city of Glasgow is only a 30-minute drive and Edinburgh is only an one hour, with good train links from Prestwick. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is only 45 minutes away and the ferry links to the islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran are all close by.

    This property can be booked with Ash Cottage (CC539003) and Acorn Cottage (CC539004) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, 40" Freesat TV, DVD and French doors.
    Kitchen: Large with gas range cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Play room: With table football, board games, children’s toys, TV and wii.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, roll-top bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking) and en-suite shower with WC.
    Bedroom 4: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking)

    All oil, gas, electric and bed linen included. Towels for hire. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (4 cars). No smoking.

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  • Seaview

    Maidens, near Turnberry

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: 30107

    With spectacular and uninterrupted views over the open sea and the Isle of Arran, this beautiful, spacious detached holiday cottage is nestled on the scenic A719 coastal route, in the picturesque village of Maidens. This cottage lies less than 50 yards from the long sandy beach and its expansive grassy foreshore; and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery including views of Ailsa Craig and on a clear day, the Mull of Kintyre. Two of the double bedrooms and the living room have patio doors which open up onto a wide decking area with seating facilities, where guests can enjoy the sea views. Maidens is a lovely little coastal village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the charming Clyde Coast, which offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, restaurant, hotel, harbour and even a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast and a stunning holiday location that has something for everyone. There are excellent golf courses, including the world-famous Turnberry, 1 mile, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, an excellent river for fishing and superb walking routes close by. At the heart of Burns Country, Maidens is just a short walk along the shore to Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction Culzean Castle, part of the National Trust for Scotland, with woods, walks and lakes; and is close to the vast Galloway Country Park for hill walkers and nature lovers. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, 14 miles, a traditional seaside town. The Ayrshire county offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Shops and pub, 5 miles, restaurant, 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room. 4 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with patio doors and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with patio doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen with slate floor.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). DVD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with decked patio and furniture. Decked balcony. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream on garden boundary. Uneven paving stones at front of property.

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  • Island View

    Dunure, near Ayr

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: S4602

    Boasting spectacular uninterrupted views over the Firth of Clyde coast and across the sea to the Isle of Arran (pictured), this spacious and exceptionally well-appointed property sits just one mile from the picturesque fishing harbour at Dunure. Keen walkers will delight in roaming the fabulous beaches and rugged coastline whilst golf enthusiasts can play the championship course at Turnberry (10 miles) or one of Ayrshire’s many other courses. At the end of a glorious day, visitors can watch a film in the home cinema/entertainment room or just simply enjoy the ever changing sea view. On the roof of the garden room, which is located behind the cinema room, visitors will find a relaxing hot tub with built in sound system, which is enclosed in glass walls and a roof. There are some wonderful places to visit in the area, including Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) – the castle boasts magnificent interiors, even the kitchen block was designed by Robert Adams, and the 600 acres of grounds offer a diverse range of habitats for birds and wildlife. Also just 6 miles away is Alloway, the setting for Burns Cottage, the poet’s birthplace. Ferries to the Isle of Arran are readily available as are day trips to Ireland departing from Stranraer. There is a shop and pub serving food in Dunure (1 mile) and the historic town of Ayr offers a good choice of restaurants and shopping, 7 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Garden room. 4 double bedrooms, each with zip and link beds (can be twin); two with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with bath and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Home cinema/entertainment room.

    Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/DVD. Home cinema. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. No smoking.

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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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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - MacKenzie Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: SSAJ

    These historic cottages (refs SSAJ to SSAQ) are set within the stunning Blairquhan Castle Estate in a beautiful valley with the River Girvan winding through. Blairquhan Castle, a Regency era castle, is protected as a category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. Used as a location for the Oscar winning film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, Blairquhan has also featured in other TV programmes.

    The stables, designed by William Burn in 1820-24, are also of architectural interest and, along with the lodges on the estate, form the holiday accommodation. Blairquhan Bridge was also designed by William Burn; it is a single arch, stone, hump-back bridge, possibly 18th-century and B listed. The woods of Blairquhan are a major feature of landscape. Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day, most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. A famous tree at Blairquhan is the ’Dool’ tree, a large sycamore sited on the lawn to the east of the house was used for execution by hanging after trial by the laird. With well-established woodlands, beautifully manicured lawns, an avenue of 18th-century lime trees and many other magnificent vistas, the estate creates a unique atmosphere and provides the ideal holiday surroundings to escape everyday life.

    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 including Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’Doon - the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’Shanter. Blairquhan is within walking distance to the small Ayrshire village of Straiton, and a short drive from Kirkmichael and Maybole. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape and hills dotted with sheep and traversed by the winding River Girvan. On a clear day, Ailsa Craig can be seen in the distance.

    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. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals; it is also a haven for bird watchers.

    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 which is close at hand. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, and a short drive leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with electric woodburner. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden
    • Ample parking

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 200-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture and walled garden
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds

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  • Knock Old Castle

    Largs

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: UKC868

    Knock Old Castle dates back to the 14th-century and has been fantastically resurrected by the current owner into a truly unique, whimsical, fairytale castle. In what has been a 5 year long project, this detached castle has been lovingly restored. 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, in a private setting, 200 yards from 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 open venues of Troon Prestwick and 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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  • Prospecthill

    Skelmorlie, near Largs

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: 26865

    This beautiful, spacious, semi-detached Victorian holiday villa has been lovingly restored and is set in the village of Skelmorlie, 6 miles from the seaside resort of Largs. Ideally located within a mile of the sea, and within easy driving distance of visitor attractions, riding, golf, watersports, cycle tracks and fishing. In the summer enjoy a trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer. Further down the coast are castles and sandy beaches. Shop and pub 500 yards, restaurant less than 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/conservatory. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin (one bed 5ft 8in long). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Selection of books and games. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 35 yards.

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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: SSAQ

    These historic cottages (refs SSAJ to SSAQ) are set within the stunning Blairquhan Castle Estate in a beautiful valley with the River Girvan winding through. Blairquhan Castle, a Regency era castle, is protected as a category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. Used as a location for the Oscar winning film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, Blairquhan has also featured in other TV programmes.

    The stables, designed by William Burn in 1820-24, are also of architectural interest and, along with the lodges on the estate, form the holiday accommodation. Blairquhan Bridge was also designed by William Burn; it is a single arch, stone, hump-back bridge, possibly 18th-century and B listed. The woods of Blairquhan are a major feature of landscape. Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day, most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. A famous tree at Blairquhan is the ’Dool’ tree, a large sycamore sited on the lawn to the east of the house was used for execution by hanging after trial by the laird. With well-established woodlands, beautifully manicured lawns, an avenue of 18th-century lime trees and many other magnificent vistas, the estate creates a unique atmosphere and provides the ideal holiday surroundings to escape everyday life.

    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 including Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’Doon - the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’Shanter. Blairquhan is within walking distance to the small Ayrshire village of Straiton, and a short drive from Kirkmichael and Maybole. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape and hills dotted with sheep and traversed by the winding River Girvan. On a clear day, Ailsa Craig can be seen in the distance.

    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. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals; it is also a haven for bird watchers.

    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 which is close at hand. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, and a short drive leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Spacious living room with open fire and large kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Ample parking
    • Pets free of charge

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • DVD player
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 200-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture and walled garden
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds

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