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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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  • The Villa

    Skelmorlie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC539023
    The Villa is a delightful semi detached cottage sitting high on the hillside overlooking the Firth of Clyde with stunning panoramic views westwards to the islands of Arran, Cumbrae and Bute. Situated just outside the village of Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire, this self catering cottage is located on a working farm. It forms part of a courtyard yet has privacy from the rest of the farm steading. Recently renovated the interior is fresh and modern, however, there is evidence of its past with the old stone fireplace surround in the kitchen still visible today. The entrance opens straight into the lounge/dining area which then leads off into the gallery style kitchen. On the first floor there are two good sized, beautifully coordinated, twin bedrooms, both have zip and link beds which can be made up into super king beds on request. All the main rooms within the cottage have the most fantastic views out to sea and the islands beyond. The farm comprises two and a half thousand acres which guests are free to explore. The hillside location makes an ideal spot to watch the comings and goings of the many boats, ships, ferries and submarines which pass regularly through the Firth of Clyde. A 5 minute stroll leads down to the sea front.Shop and pun 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles

    Ground Floor: Living Room/Diner: With Free view TV, DVD, Ipod docking station and wooden dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher
    Utility/Cloakroom: With washing machine and tumble dryer and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request), wall mounted Free view TV
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request), wall mounted Free view TV with ipod docking station
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet.

    Gas central heating, l fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot, high chair and stair gate available. Camp bed available on request (onlt suitable for 1 child)Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: Front door opens on to a private road.

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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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  • 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.

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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 (NT), 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 ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with additional double sofa bed, 1 single leading to 1 further single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Fridge/freezer.

    Both properties: Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 220-acre farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets to be kept on lead, working farm. NB: Sloping banks to sea 500 yards.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. No smoking.

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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: SSAL

    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. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Courtyard
    • 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

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  • Rosebud Cottage

    Galston, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    6
    2
    4
    2
    Ref: 24982

    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: 1 double (5ft 5in) with en-suite shower room and toilet. 1 twin (can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. American fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Four pets welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times, working farm). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Unfenced stream 600 metres. Sloping banks in grounds.

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  • 85 Brunston Castle

    Dailly near Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5020
    85 Brunston Castle is a charming lodge located in a magnificent rural location close to dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, family attractions and numerous golf courses. The lodge is set in a resort which has 25-acres of landscaped grounds, in the peaceful Girvan Valley, just five miles from Ayrshire’s picturesque coastline. For those who want to relax and unwind there is no need to stroll any further than the grounds with its nine hole putting green and children’s play area. Whilst the area is known for its mild climate there is still plenty to enjoy inside with a shared indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gym all available to use, or why not have a game of pool or table tennis in the games room?

    Ayrshire is the birthplace of the National Bard, Robert Burns; visit his birthplace and enjoy this 21st century tribute to Burns. There are many country parks and castles to visit including Culzean Castle or take the ferry from Ardrossan across to Arran to visit Brodick Castle and Country Park. If you prefer walking, the Ayrshire Coastal Path stretches for 147km from the southern to the northern most limits of the county, much of the route runs along sandy beaches. This truly is a delightful area of southern Scotland to explore and enjoy.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors leading to the enclosed decking.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over Jacuzzi bath and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Shared external laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers. Shared external games room with pool table, table tennis and Wii. Decking with furniture. Shared 25-acres of landscaped grounds. Shared indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gym. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Underhill Cottage

    West Kilbride

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539021
    Underhill Cottage is a perfect hideaway conveniently located on Scotland’s beautiful west coast. Situated just on the edge of the small craft town of West Kilbride, this delightful detached cottage offers a peaceful retreat within easy reach of the facilities which this pretty town has to offer.  Lovingly restored whilst retaining character, Underhill Cottage is a converted stables with the accommodation being conveniently all on ground floor level and offers everything you need to make your holiday relaxing, homely and enjoyable. The wood burning stove and comfortable sofas are just the ticket to accompany a glass of wine and a good book - while the large and comfortable dining table is the perfect place to enjoy a great meal. The owner is at the very heart of the success of West Kilbride which is highly acclaimed as a haven for fine crafts. Her hand stitched decorative accessories, which are handmade, are displayed to great effect around the cottage. Her studio "Chookiebirdie" can be visited in West Kilbride. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has LPG gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance vestibule: Plenty of space for outdoor wear
    Sitting/Dining Room; With wood burning stove, Free sat TV and DVD player; a beautiful room with two sets of French doors opening on to the gardens and front and rear patios
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin a bright room with French doors opening onto patio
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, an attractive room with French doors opening onto patio
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views across countryside
    Bathroom: With bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove provided. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Wi-fi access availablePatio areas with outdoor furniture, BBQ. Shed for storage of bicycles/outdoor equipment. Off road parking for up to 3 cars. NB: Small burn in woodland close to the cottage.

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