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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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  • Braemar

    Lendalfoot, Girvan

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42135

    Close to the sea

    This charming wooden detached bungalow is situated in the small hamlet of Lendalfoot, 6 miles from the seaside town of Girvan with harbour, shops, pubs and restaurants, and boasts stunning views over the sea to Ailsa Craig. Towering over the Carleton cottages are Carleton and Balsalloch Hills, rising steeply from the shore, both are crowned with ancient forts. To the south of the village is an excellent off road picnic area, with sandy beach and excellent views up and down the coast. When the tide is out you can walk out to the rocks and see seals swimming and basking. An ideal area to explore the scenic countryside of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and a popular area for outdoor pursuits. Shops, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric Range. Washing machine and freezer in garage. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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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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  • The Match Box

    Fairlie

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539024
    The Match Box is a cosy apartment for two within the fabulous holiday location of the North Ayrshire coast. Located within the tranquil village of Fairlie which is situated on the eastern shore of the Firth of Clyde and overlooks the Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes, the apartment offers snug and compact main living space yet has the benefit of a spacious bedroom leading out to a Juliet balcony affording sea views. The Match Box is superbly situated for exploring the myriad of islands off the coastline and the region’s many inland attractions.

    Ground Floor: With four steps to entrance the accommodation is all on one level, heated by gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining:
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Dining Area: With dining furniture for two
    Bedroom: With double bed, Juliet balcony with sea views
    Shower Room; With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Rosebud

    Straiton, near 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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  • Manor Park - Glenfiddich

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: B4839

    Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house

    Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

    Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with Z-bed on request/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Bay View

    Fairlie, near Largs

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30584


    With lovely sea views of Arran and the other islands, this spacious Victorian quarter holiday villa is just 15 yards from the coast. The property benefits from a large shared garden with lawn and patio areas, and assorted garden furniture, it is ideal for outside living and great for getting the morning sun. Situated on the Ayrshire coast in the village of Fairlie, close to the bustling town of Largs with shops, restaurants and a promenade, it is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran, the Isle of Bute. Largs Marina, one of the best marinas in Scotland, is just 25 minutes’ off-road walk or a 5-minute drive. Take the ferry to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves and the area is fantastic for cyclists and walkers, with Skelmorlie heralding the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk. Inland, there are 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 300 yards.

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

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Manor Park - Lochnagar

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SP17

    Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house

    Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

    Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with Z-bed on request/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Ample parking.

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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
    One step up to .......
    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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  • The Beach House

    Dunure near Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539043
    This well-appointed holiday cottage sits only yards from the beach and harbour within the picturesque coastal village of Dunure, and is situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along 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, and is a haven for bird watchers. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. 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. There is an inn located behind the cottage which has Wi-Fi available.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With wooden floor and king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £4 per basket. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park adjacent. No smoking.

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  • Arran View

    Fairlie near Largs

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539029
    Arran View is a modern, cosy apartment within a large detached modern villa, standing in its own grounds. Arran View benefits from a private large south facing terrace that has pretty views of Arran and Fairlie Bay, where yachts are berthed. Whether you are here to relax amidst stunning scenery, to sample the best of Ayrshire’s fine dining, or here to sail within the great seafaring tradition that is Fairlie, then you will be sure of a warm welcome at Arran View. Ayrshire has an amazing coastline and the road follows the sea like a ribbon with stunning views across to Cumbrae, Arran and Bute. Tantalizingly close, the Isle of Arran just beckons one to hop on the ferry and live the adventure - easy to do for the day. Often referred to as ’Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran offers towering granite peaks to the north and a softer, greener landscape in the south. There is so much to do here, from climbing Goat Fell or visiting historic Brodick Castle - or indulging yourself with local Arran cheeses, beers, whisky or soaps - you can even make your own! There are lovely sandy bays and amazing wildlife such as deer, otters, seals and if you are lucky you may spot an eagle. Shop, pub and reataurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and electric solid plate hob, microwave, fridge and TV
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Living Room: With electric wood burner, sofa bed and TV
    Bathroom: With bath, extra wide shower cubicle with electric shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, fuel, power, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Highchair available. South facing patio dining area with sea and island views. Off road parking for 1 car.

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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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  • The Coach House

    Girvan

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SLLW

    This former detached Coach House lies on the private Bargany Estate with over 500 acres of woodland and river walks. Wildlife is abundant with a large variety of birdlife and roe deer to observe. Fishing, both trout and salmon, is available by arrangement. Near the harbour town of Girvan, with sightseeing, fishing and boat trips available, a lovely beach, boating lake, play park and a good variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The perfect holiday location for the outdoor enthusiast with golf, cycling and walking in abundance. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Swimming pool at Maybole, 6 miles. Shops and pub 3½ miles.

    Living room with electric ‘living flame’ fire. Large kitchen with fireplace. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric ‘living flame’ fire and full oil central heating included (October-March £30 per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer (in building opposite)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with decked area and furniture
    • 80-acre natural, unspoilt woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in woodland

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