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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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  • Find Me Out

    Dalmellington, Ayr

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: SCCW

    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.

    Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Large well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and solid oak floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft (zip & link) bed and dormer windows. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    • DVD (small library)
    • Freezer
    • Small, walled, lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue

    • 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

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SSAO

    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 with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Parking
    • 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

  • Arran View

    Maidens, nr. Turnberry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18116

    Excellent views

    Situated on the owner’s farm, easily accessible by a single track road, this cosy, detached holiday cottage has uninterrupted views of the Firth of Clyde over to the Isle of Arran, or guests can explore the varied coastline of Ayrshire. Enjoy the long sandy beach at Turnberry or a game of golf on the famous championship course. Walking and riding locally. Ayr, 12 miles, is a traditional seaside town with good shopping and restaurants. Culzean Castle (NT) and Country Park is only a stroll away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Wood Court

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC539037
    This spacious ground floor apartment is located only yards from the sea in the seaside town of Troon and is ideally located to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, promenade and yacht marina, and is home to the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Ferries also close by travelling to Dunoon, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The cosmopolitan city of Glasgow is only 40 minutes, and Edinburgh is only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links to both.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. £35 winter fuel supplement (1st Oct - 31st Mar), payable direct to the owner.Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture, shared with the other apartments. Parking (1 car). Pets free of charge. No smoking.

  • Auchalton Toll Cottage

    Crosshill near Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC539025
    If this pretty lovingly restored cottage could talk it would have some fascinating tales to tell as it was originally a toll cottage on the old Ayr to Newton Stewart road and horse and carriage would have been the mode of transportation then. Nowadays Auchalton Toll Cottage sits in peaceful retirement within this pastoral valley. As a base it is simply marvellous with the stunning Ayrshire coast within a short drive; the magnificent Culzean Castle; the conservation village of Straiton and the glorious Galloway Park, the UK’s largest.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises;
    Sitting/Dining Room: With wood burning stove and TV/DVD
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power and bed linen included. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove provided. Water by natural springPatio area with garden furniture and BBQ, there is also a lawn area. Shed for storage of cycles and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: There is a rustic stone wall in the garden.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Lodge

    Barrhill, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30552


    This semi-detached holiday property is situated on the owners’ small holding, on the rural outskirts of Barrhill, a small village which is just 12 miles from Girvan and the coast. The Lodge is a renovated extension to the owners’ home. The Solway Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an impressive range of wildlife and birds. Coarse fishing is available just 100 yards from the property, no licence is required. Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Duisk running close by. The village of Barrhill is half a mile walk and is an ideal area for walkers and cyclists with the Galloway Forest nearby, offering 7Stanes mountain bike trails and plenty of walking routes. Turnberry with a well-known 18-hole golf course is nearby; and the Galloway Forest has been designed a Dark Sky Park, offering great star gazing and astronomy, away from light pollution. The Galloway and Ayrshire coasts are easily accessible with outstanding sea views and beautiful beaches. There is plenty to see and do locally, with gardens to visit or places to see like Culzean Castle with its views over to the Isle of Arran. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor. Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds. 4 steps to garden.

  • 9 Beach View

    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.

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SSAP

    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.

    Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living room with electric woodburner and kitchen area.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Pets free of charge

    • 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

  • The Penthouse

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29450

    This exclusive penthouse holiday apartment with roof terrace, has sea views from the living room and garden roof terrace and is located only yards from the promenade and sandy beach, in the seaside town of Troon. The town has a range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, yacht marina, and is home to the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Troon is ideally located to explore the Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ferries are also close by to Dunoon, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The city of Glasgow is only 40 minutes, and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links to both. Beach 100 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on third floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, both with patio doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large roof top terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Arran View

    Fairlie near Largs

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539029
    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, with its cosy, compact and well presented, modern accommodation. 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.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has gas central heating and comprises;
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and electric solid plate hob, microwave, fridge with icebox and TV
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Lounge: With electric wood burner, sofa bed and TV
    Bathroom: With bath, extra wide shower cubicle with electric shower, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available. Wi-Fi available. South facing patio dining area with sea and island views. Off road parking for one car. 1 pet welcome at an additional charge of £20pppw.

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