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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Craigengells Cottage

    Barrhill, near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42791

    Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Stinchar running close by, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside. The picturesque village of Barr is just 3 miles away, with a small shop and a pub with excellent restaurant. An ideal area for walkers and cyclists with quiet back roads and Forestry Commission trails taking you deep into the countryside and onto the Galloway hills. Close by is the newly opened Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Manor Park - Strathisla

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SP23

    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.

    External steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room with Z-bed on request. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£45per 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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  • Seaview Cottage

    Dunure

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27991

    With spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, this end-terraced holiday cottage, over 250 years old, sits yards from Dunure beach and harbour on the 100-mile Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest panoramic coastlines. Enjoy walking, cycling, visiting gardens and castles, riding, bird watching, fishing, racing, and golf at Troon and Turnberry. Robert Burns country with many attractions is a few miles away. Culzean Castle Country Park has wooded trails along the beach. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Second living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Garden room with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Enclosed courtyard, furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Direct access to beach.

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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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  • Balnowlart Lodge

    Ballantrae, near Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 29760


    This lovely, little, detached holiday lodge has a superb position overlooking the verdant valleys running down to the meandering River Stinchar. Sitting quietly for over 100 years, this pretty lodge is just the ticket for exploring this beautiful area just 2 miles from the stunning Ayrshire coast. Boasting an open fire for those cooler evenings, this is a perfect destination whatever time of 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. Why not hop on a ferry to Ireland for a memorable day trip or take a trip on the Waverley the World’s last seagoing paddle steamer. For history buffs, why not visit Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. With its sumptuous interiors and magnificent furnishings, all set in two thousand acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages. The house has been described as an 18th century time-capsule as the principal rooms and their contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years. This is a golfing haven, with the famous Turnberry course just a half hour’s drive along the dramatic coastline. The River Stinchar offers excellent fishing opportunities together with delightful riverside walks. The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and is an official Dark Sky Park offering the most incredible opportunity to view the night sky in all its glory. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with laminate floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Electric radiators (£40per week October-April). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Rosebud Cottage

    Galston, near Ayr

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    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. Wi-fi £7 per 250MB. 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. Please note: There is a security deposit of £250.

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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.

    7 steps to entrance (with handrail).
    All on the ground floor.
    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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  • Tigh na Mara

    Maidens, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 27085

    This traditional, semi-detached beachfront holiday cottage has spectacular views of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre with direct access onto a sandy beach and the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to the traditional seaside town of Ayr, 10 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/kitchen.Second living room with French doors and slate floor. Utility room with toilet. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Satellite TVs. DVD. Electric Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Smithy

    Maidens near Maybole

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC539041
    This terraced holiday cottage lies less than 50 yards from a 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. Maidens is a lovely little coastal village 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 even a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. There are excellent golf courses, including the world-famous Turnberry, one mile, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. At the heart of Burns Country, Maidens is just a short walk along the shore to Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction Culzean Castle, part of the National Trust for Scotland, with woods, walks and lakes; and is close to the vast Galloway Country Park for hill walkers and nature lovers.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk bed, TV and DVD player.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking

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  • The Cottage

    Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 17725

    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 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. Games room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with summer house, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with table football. Two pets welcome free of charge (working farm). No smoking.

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