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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 - 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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  • Meadowland Farm

    Stewarton, near Newton Mearns

    Grade
    10
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5156
    This traditional farmhouse, offers spacious accommodation in a peaceful location with views over the surrounding countryside. It benefits from an open plan living/dining room/kitchen, plus a second living room. Situated only a short drive from Paisley and Glasgow with museums, gardens, art galleries superb shopping, restaurants, entertainment and night life, and only 35 miles from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed including walking, cycling, golf, fishing, pony trekking and water sports.
    Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with villages, sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore, while inland there are 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. 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 mushrooms are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, whilst a short drive leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Stirling can be reached in an hour. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area 1.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Living area 2: With wood burner, 50" Sky TV, DVD player, iPod dock and Xbox One.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed, dressing room and French doors leading to garden.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds, single bed and single pull-out bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    LPG central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder at £5 per basket. Welcome pack.Large enclosed paddock with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Shared 50-acres of natural, un-spoilt grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 6 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a stream 100 yards away.

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  • Redwood House

    Skares, near Cumnock

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: SYYK

    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 Burns Birthplace Museum, Burns Cottage, Brig O’Doon and Auld Kirk are all close by. It is only a short drive to Culzean Castle with its country park, magnificent gardens, acres of trails, dramatic coastline and beaches. Dumfries House is just 2 miles away. There are many golf courses nearby for all abilities, including the world-famous Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick. Turnberry offers a spa, off-road driving, quad biking, trampolines and astro-turf slides. Visit Galloway Forest for off-road cycling, walking and fishing lochs set in breathtaking scenery. A short ferry trip takes you to the Isle of Arran, where you can visit Lochranza Distillery. From nearby Troon take a day trip to Ireland on the ferry. Enjoy the Ayrshire Coastal Path or the River Ayr Walk, which is on the doorstep. Anglers are spoilt for choice for rivers (permit fishing salmon and sea trout) and sea fishing, with 5 popular fresh water fisheries within just a few miles. Ayr, 14 miles, offers shops, markets, boutiques, swimming, tennis, 10-pin bowling, go-karting, an equestrian centre and skating. Visit Ayr Racecourse, Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Glasgow is just a 45-minute drive, and Edinburgh is easily accessible within 1½ hours, making it an ideal property for experiencing the Edinburgh Festival. Prestwick airport 15 miles, Glasgow airport, 40 miles and Edinburgh airport 60 miles. Horse riding is available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Large, open-plan living room with patio doors/well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor. Spacious dining room. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Study. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two further bedrooms, 1 double with 5ft bed, 1 twin with en-suite Jack & Jill shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV (variable reception)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Five freezers
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large, landscaped garden with decked patio, terrace and furniture
    • Garage (for 2 cars)
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 4 steps from decking. Large, unfenced pond in garden with unguarded bridge, 3 yards

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