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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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  • Torranyard, near Irvine, Ayrshire
    Torranyard, near Irvine, Ayrshire×

    Laigh Auchenharvie Cottage

    Torranyard, near Irvine, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5520
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This traditional cottage for 4 boasts stunning views, its own garden and private parking, and is just a short drive from Glasgow.
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    This traditional semi-detached cottage is located on a quiet country lane with stunning views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran. It is situated only a short drive from Glasgow with museums, gardens, art galleries superb shopping, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. Only 25 miles from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed including walking, cycling, golf, fishing,...
  • Straiton, Ayrshire
    Straiton, Ayrshire×

    Holly Tree Cottage

    Straiton, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539020
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Cosy cottage for 4 set in the pretty conservation village of Straiton within Southern Ayrshire.
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    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...
  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×

    Downanhill Farm - The Byre

    Ballantrae, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 28178
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Located close to the beach with spectatular views of the area, The Byre is the perfect getaway. Located close to the beach with spectatular views of the area, The Byre is the perfect getaway.
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    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,...

    Downanhill Farm - Downanhill Cottage
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  • Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Auchalton Toll Cottage

    Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539025
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Originally a toll cottage on the old Ayr to Newton Stewart road nestled within a pastoral valley. 
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    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...
  • Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Bridge Cottage

    Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: W42836
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Ideally situated to explore south west Scotland, this charming cottage with a garden is a haven for walkers and cyclists. Ideally situated to explore south west Scotland, this charming cottage with a garden is a haven for walkers and cyclists.
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    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...

  • Tarbolton, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Tarbolton, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    The Cottage

    Tarbolton, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: W7048
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Providing wonderful views across Ayrshire, this single-storey cottage is situated in an ideal area for walkers, cyclists and fishermen. Providing wonderful views across Ayrshire, this single-storey cottage is situated in an ideal area for walkers, cyclists and fishermen.
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    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...

  • Skelmorlie, by Largs, Ayrshire
    Skelmorlie, by Largs, Ayrshire×

    Manor Park - Ardmore

    Skelmorlie, by Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SP19
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Offering every modern comfort and convenience, this charming apartment enjoys 15 acres of landscaped grounds, surrounded by woodland. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, this charming apartment enjoys 15 acres of landscaped grounds, surrounded by woodland.
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    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...

    Manor Park - Glenlivet
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    Manor Park - Strathspey
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  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×
    5
    3
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    Ref: 28179
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Only 500 yards to the beach, this semi-detached cottage with an open fire is within easy reach to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Only 500 yards to the beach, this semi-detached cottage with an open fire is within easy reach to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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    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,...

    Downanhill Farm - The Byre
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  • Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Balnowlart Bungalow

    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30556
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Situated just 2 miles to the beach, this detached lodge enjoys an open fire together with beautiful views. Situated just 2 miles to the beach, this detached lodge enjoys an open fire together with beautiful views.
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    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...

  • Galston, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Galston, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Rosebud Cottage

    Galston, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    2
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    Ref: 24982
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Providing panoramic views and a cosy woodburner, ideally located to explore South West Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached. Providing panoramic views and a cosy woodburner, ideally located to explore South West Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached.
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    Situated on a hilltop with panoramic views, this detached holiday cottage has been renovated to a good standard and offers an ideal base to explore South West Scotland. With marked river, woodland and farm walks, the property is close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer and Troon. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms:...

  • Girvan, Ayrshire
    Girvan, Ayrshire×

    The Cottage

    Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 17725
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Boasting a games room and large garden, this attractive farm house is perfect for exploring the coast and beautiful surroundings. Boasting a games room and large garden, this attractive farm house is perfect for exploring the coast and beautiful surroundings.
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    Set within the quiet Ayrshire countryside on a working farm this attractive spacious farm house makes a great holiday base to explore the varied coastline, rocky hill walks and beautiful views to the Isle of Arran. Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) is well worth a visit. There are fishing and boat trips from Girvan, 3 miles. Excellent golf with Turnberry, 10 minutes away. Ayr, 18 miles has good shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Glasgow/Prestwick Airport, 24 miles. Shop and pub...

  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×

    Brig of Tig Cottage

    Ballantrae, Ayrshire

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    2
    2
    Ref: W43218
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    With woodland walks direct from the door, this beautiful cottage lies in an area which bursts with history and wildlife. With woodland walks direct from the door, this beautiful cottage lies in an area which bursts with history and wildlife.
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    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:...

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