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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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  • Royal Artillery Cottage

    Culzean Castle, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30442


    Situated in the grounds of Culzean castle, this semi-detached holiday cottage has sea views and is set in a great location. Nearby is the lovely little coastal village of Maidens, 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 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 has something for everyone and is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent 18-hole golf courses nearby, including the world famous Turnberry. Drive north to the traditional seaside town of Ayr, 14 miles. The Ayrshire county offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Fishing and superb walking nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one zip and link (can be double on request). Wet room with bath and toilet.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • 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.

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  • Downanhill Farm - Downanhill Cottage

    Ballantrae

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 28179

    Situated on a working dairy farm, these two semi-detached holiday cottages (refs 28178 and 28179) can be booked together to sleep 10 in total. Boasting spectacular views of Arran, Ailsa Craig, Mull of Kintyre and the south Ayrshire coast, and are a mere 500 yards to the beach. Located directly on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles and teaming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters, seals and birds. Farm tours are available by prior arrangement. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (National Trust), is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Fishing on site. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With open fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and double sofa bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed leading to...
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating (£25per week October-March), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Shared 220-acre farmland. Pets to be kept on lead, working farm. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. Please note: There are sloping banks to the sea 500 yards.

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  • Bridge Cottage

    Pinwherry, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42836

    Situated in the village of Pinwherry this charming holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the Galloway Forest Park, and is ideal for walkers and cyclists. Discover sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages, and with its famously mild climate and the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens. For the more active visitor, world class mountain biking at Kirroughtree ’7 stanes’ and walking to suit all levels. Sea, river and loch fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Freeview TV. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small grassed area with enclosed patio and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Manor Park - Ardmore

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SP19

    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.

    15 steps to entrance: All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Additional Z-bed available on request.

    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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  • Balnowlart Bungalow

    Ballantrae, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30556


    Situated close to a working farm, this lovely detached holiday lodge is in a superb position overlooking the verdant valleys running down to the meandering River Stinchar, and just 2 miles from the stunning Ayrshire coast. For those cooler evenings it boasts a cosy open fire, making this a perfect destination for whatever time of the year. The village of Ballantrae has everything you need, including a pebble beach and superb views to Ailsa Craig, the granite jewel of the Clyde, and the evocative Isle of Arran. Visit Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets, or take the ferry to Ireland for a memorable day out. The famous Turnberry course is just half an hours’ drive along the dramatic coastline. The River Stinchar offers excellent fishing opportunities together with delightful riverside walks. The Galloway Forest Park is the UKs largest and is an official Dark Sky Park, offering the most incredible opportunities to view the night sky. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£40per week, £20 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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  • The Cottage

    Tarbolton, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W7048

    Superb garden and views

    This 2 bedroom holiday cottage is situated on a farm and attached to the farmhouse, and is 7 miles from the Ayrshire town of Ayr. The cottage is situated on a hillside giving holidaymakers a spectacular view across Ayrshire. This is an ideal area for fishing, walking, golf and cycling. Ayr provides the holidaymaker with numerous facilities including three 18 hole golf courses, race course, historic buildings, shops and beaches. There is also the Heads of Ayr Park in Ayr, where there is a mixture of farmyard and exotic animals which the kids can feed and touch. The area is rich with its associations with Robert Burns being born in Alloway, married in Mauchline and the Burns family living near Tarbolton. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional folding single (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Auchendrane Stables - No 1 The Stables

    Alloway, near Ayr

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC845

    Situated on the owners’ beautiful small estate, with river and woodland walks direct from the door, these two beautifully converted cottages were formerly part of the Victorian stables to the main house (named Grey Man and Blue Peter, after horses who lived in these stables). Set within extensive grounds, visitors also have access to the tennis court.

    Auchendrane Stables are in the heart of Robert Burns country, close to the village of Alloway, and the area is steeped in tradition and history. In Alloway itself you will find Burns’ cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig O’Doon - the bridge from the famous Tam o’ Shanter poem.

    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 and spectacular views across to Arran and up the Firth of Clyde. You may be lucky and spot deer, otters and seals and it is also a haven for birdwatchers.

    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 ( 25 minutes away) and the Turnberry Hotel with its spa and outdoor centre. Attractions also include Culzean Castle (National Trust for Scotland) and Dumfries House, both with stunning gardens.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, while Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. There are ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ayr is 10-minutes away and is a traditional seaside town with its own racecourse.

    Ayr has many wine bars and restaurants, 5 miles. Beaches 5 miles. Small local shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 4 miles.

    No 1 The Stables (UKC845) and No 2 The Stables (UKC844) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom. With toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed, Velux windows and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and Velux window.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Velux window.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and Velux window.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and Velux window.

    Bio-mass central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared natural unspoilt grounds with woodland. Shared access to tennis court. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river in the grounds, 50 yards away.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Ardmillan by Girvan

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: CC539014
    This beautifully appointed single storey cottage with its delightful sea and countryside views is over 100 years old and has lovely feature stone walls reflecting its history. As its name suggests, Gardener’s Cottage was the former residence of the gardener of Ardmillan Castle located just over a couple of miles from Girvan in Ayrhsire. 400 years ago the castle was described thus, “The Castle of Ardmillan looked like a palace with its deep cut ditch, its large courtyard, its capacities for siege-standing, its early pears and apples.”  Originally a fishing port, Girvan is now a small seaside resort and during the summer it is possible to sail around local landmarks on the lovely paddle steamer, the Waverley.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor has under floor heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric feature fire, SkyTV (With sports and movie package), DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 2) with lovely views towards the sea, Ailsa Craig and Islands.
    Kitchen/Diner: With integral electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freesat TV, doors leading to patio and en suite shower enclosure with WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds which can zip n link to make one super king size bed, Freesat TV and views over sea and countryside.
    Bathroom: With free standing bath and shower spray, WC and wash basin.
    Conservatory

    All fuel, power, towels and bed linen included. Travel cot, high chair, buggy and pram available on request. Three well behaved pets welcomePatio with garden furniture and BBQ leading onto fully enclosed garden area. Attached storeroom for storage of bicycles, golf clubs and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 3 cars. Wi-fi internet access available. 3 pets accepted.

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  • Upper Deck

    Fairlie, North Ayrshire

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539026
    As a location Fairlie really does take some beating and as a place to stay the Upper Deck offers accommodation with a difference plus lots of choices to make your stay as relaxing as possible. The Village Inn serves meals, which means you can have a great day out and come home to a splendid meal cooked for you without the worry of transport or washing up! The coastline here is really beautiful seducing the senses with stunning seascapes and sunsets. The Isle of Arran has the best of what the rest of Scotland has to offer. A beautiful coastline with pretty villages complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. There are some lovely beaches; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sounds and sight of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life.

    Ground Floor: With steps up from the street level then all on one level with gas central heating and comprises:
    Sitting Room/ Diner: With Freeview TV/DVD and sea views
    Kitchen: With electric fan assisted oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Room: With washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With king sized bed and fitted wardrobes
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds, wardrobe and sea views
    Bedroom 3: With double bed with fitted wardrobes. Sea views
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin
    Shower Room; With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Lots of storage space for suitcases etc. High chair and travel cot on request.Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Brig of Tig Cottage

    Ballantrae

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W43218

    This semi-detached holiday cottage boasts river and woodland walks direct from the door. Close to the Ayrshire coastal Path, the area is bursting with history and wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals. Ideally Located to explore Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, with walking, fishing, golf and cycling, villages and historic attractions. Ireland can be reached from Stranraer with Glasgow & Edinburgh easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with Velux, 1 twin with additional pull-out single (for alternative sleeping).

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7, electric heaters and electricity included (£25per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River in garden, 25 yards.

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  • Loch Ard

    Sorn

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29394


    This spacious, detached bungalow lies in the quiet village of Sorn (‘Britain in Bloom’ award winner) and has direct access to the River Ayr Way with over 40 miles of walks; it is also close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path with panoramic views. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit or enjoy cycling, mountain biking, riding, racing, a choice of golf courses and country parks. The area is ideal for birdwatching, with a variety of wild birds visiting the garden and surrounding countryside, including woodpeckers and sparrowhawks. There is also a wildlife pond in the back garden. Visit Culzean Castle (National Trust for Scotland) with its network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, or Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    4 steps to...
    Living/dining room: With satellite TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Highchair. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking. Please note: There is a pond in the garden.

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