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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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  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire ×

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAQ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set in a beautiful valley and within castle grounds, there can be few places holidaymakers would rather be! Set in a beautiful valley and within castle grounds, there can be few places holidaymakers would rather be!
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    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...

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - MacKenzie Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage
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  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - MacKenzie Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAJ
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Set in beautifully landscaped castle grounds, this cottage makes a really uplifting getaway for a family holiday. Set in beautifully landscaped castle grounds, this cottage makes a really uplifting getaway for a family holiday.
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    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...

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage
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  • Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire
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    Newly Listed
    Pant Farmhouse

    Pant Farmhouse

    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC2005
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautiful cottage for families or a group of friends wishing to explore the Ayrshire coast and Burns Country. A beautiful cottage for families or a group of friends wishing to explore the Ayrshire coast and Burns Country.
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    Dating back to the 18th-century, this beautifully renovated, detached farmhouse is situated on a working sheep farm in 4-acre grounds, with woodland walks direct from the door. Pant Farmhouse provides a tranquil base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. 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...

  • Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire ×

    North Balloch Farmhouse

    Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5237
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Discover some of Ayrshire’s most scenic countryside from this spacious detached farmhouse, which boasts 4 bedrooms and its own private enclosed garden.
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    This detached farmhouse is located in a secluded and peaceful setting and enjoys spectacular views over the south Ayrshire countryside and the Stinchar Valley. It is situated approximately 4 miles from the conservation village of Barr. The Galloway Forest Park and Glentrool, one of the 7 stanes, with its marked trails and access to the Merrick, south west Scotland’s highest mountain, are located nearby. They offer a wealth of outdoor pursuits including highly regarded walking,...
  • Maidens, Ayrshire
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    The Beach House

    Maidens, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 23718
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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Just perfect for family getaways or groups of friends, close to fantastic amenities and attractions, 300 yards to a sandy beach. Just perfect for family getaways or groups of friends, close to fantastic amenities and attractions, 300 yards to a sandy beach.
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    This spacious detached holiday cottage lies 300 yards from a sandy beach in a peaceful village location, with uninterrupted views over the open sea and the Isle of Arran. An ideal family base, the property features table tennis in the garage. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on this picturesque Clyde Coast. The village offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, very popular restaurant, hotel and harbour. This corner of south...

  • Maidens, Ayrshire
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    Harbour View

    Maidens, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SFFV
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This modern villa enjoys a beachside location, wonderful views, and a large garden with barbecue, ideal for families and friends. This modern villa enjoys a beachside location, wonderful views, and a large garden with barbecue, ideal for families and friends.
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    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...

  • Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire
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    Prospecthill

    Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 26865
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Boasting a cosy woodburner, this Victorian holiday villa is situated close to sandy beaches and visitor attractions. Boasting a cosy woodburner, this Victorian holiday villa is situated close to sandy beaches and visitor attractions.
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    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...

  • Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire
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    Chestnut Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539042
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Explore the beauty of the Ayrshire countryside from this spacious cottage which lies close to the coastal path with panoramic views.
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    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,...
  • Irvine, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Irvine, near Ayr, Ayrshire ×
    Newly Listed
    Harbour Street Penthouse

    Harbour Street Penthouse

    Irvine, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5387
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    This penthouse apartment offers plenty of space for up to 8 guests and is located in a lovely harbourside setting in the Ayrshire town of Irvine. This penthouse apartment offers plenty of space for up to 8 guests and is located in a lovely harbourside setting in the Ayrshire town of Irvine.
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    This spacious penthouse apartment is situated by Irvine’s harbourside, where there are cafés, eateries, Scottish Maritime Museum and an arts centre. The beautiful sandy beach is just a short walk away, and the apartment sits on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile walking route along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. The seaside towns of Troon, Prestwick and Ayr are close by. Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varied coastline with villages,...
  • Maidens, near Turnberry, Ayrshire
    Maidens, near Turnberry, Ayrshire ×

    Seaview

    Maidens, near Turnberry, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30107
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    This holiday property is ideal for a family or group to enjoy a seaside holiday in south west Ayrshire. This holiday property is ideal for a family or group to enjoy a seaside holiday in south west Ayrshire.
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    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...

  • Dunure, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Dunure, near Ayr, Ayrshire ×

    Island View

    Dunure, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: S4602
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Spacious property with home cinema/entertainment room, and hot tub enclosed in glass walls and roof with sound system. Spacious property with home cinema/entertainment room, and hot tub enclosed in glass walls and roof with sound system.
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    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...

  • Largs, Ayrshire
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    Knock Old Castle

    Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC868
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    This 14th-century castle is the perfect retreat for a luxurious gathering with family, where you can relax with your feet up around the wood burner. This 14th-century castle is the perfect retreat for a luxurious gathering with family, where you can relax with your feet up around the wood burner.
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    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...

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