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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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  • Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Auchendrane Stables - No 1 The Stables

    Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC845
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    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Nestled in the heart of Burns’ Country, this cottage is a truly luxurious retreat for guests looking for peace and serenity, with many local amenities close by. Nestled in the heart of Burns’ Country, this holiday is a truly luxurious retreat for guesting looking for peace and serenity, with many local amenities close by.
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    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...

    Auchendrane Stables - No 2 The Stables
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  • Dunure, Ayrshire
    Dunure, Ayrshire×

    Seaview Cottage

    Dunure, Ayrshire

    6
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    Ref: 27991
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Boasting direct access to the beach, this end-terraced cottage enjoys stunning views, situated close to shops and pubs. Boasting direct access to the beach, this end-terraced cottage enjoys stunning views, situated close to shops and pubs.
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    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...

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

    Rosebud Cottage

    Galston, near Ayr, Ayrshire

    6
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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:...

  • West Kilbride, Ayrshire
    West Kilbride, Ayrshire×

    Thistle Cottage

    West Kilbride, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5262
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This spacious detached cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside and is located on the fringe of the small craft town of West Kilbride in Ayrshire.
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    Thistle 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 enjoys stunning views from every window, and offers a peaceful retreat within easy reach of the facilities that this pretty town has to offer. It is also easy to access the bustling town of Largs with its shops, restaurants and promenade. Explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of...
  • Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Balnowlart Lodge

    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire

    6
    3
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    Ref: 29760
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoy an adventure exploring this amazing area or along the Ayrshire coast, all from this pretty lodge. Enjoy an adventure exploring this amazing area or along the Ayrshire coast, all from this pretty lodge.
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    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...

  • Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire
    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire×

    The Pines

    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire

    6
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    Ref: 26034
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Nestling in private woodland, enjoy lovely views from the decked sitting area, ideal for family getaways or a romantic retreat. Nestling in private woodland, enjoy lovely views from the decked sitting area, ideal for family getaways or a romantic retreat.
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    Panoramic views
    Tranquil touring base

    This detached holiday property situated on the banks of the River Ayr in private woodland makes a tranquil touring base for South West Scotland and Ayrshire, with unspoilt scenery and the River Ayr Way with panoramic views.
    The hamlet of Failford is located just 2½ miles west of Mauchline, where the Water of Fail flows into the River Ayr. Nearby is the Ayr Gorge Woodlands Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scentific Interest...

  • West Kilbride, Ayrshire
    West Kilbride, Ayrshire×

    Underhill Cottage

    West Kilbride, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539021
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Detached single storey cottage for 6 on the fringe of the small craft town of West Kilbride in Ayrshire
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    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...
  • Ayr, Ayrshire
    Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Churchill Tower

    Ayr, Ayrshire

    6
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    Ref: UK5443
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    This fourth floor apartment enjoys a seafront position in the centre of Ayr, just yards from the beach and close to amenities.
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    Situated only yards from the coast, this fourth floor apartment, boasts stunning views over the sea to the Isle of Arran, and is within a 10-minute walk to the town centre with an array of shops, bars and restaurants. 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 his famous poem...
  • Ardmillan by Girvan, Ayrshire
    Ardmillan by Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Gardener’s Cottage

    Ardmillan by Girvan, Ayrshire

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    2
    3
    Ref: CC539014
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Beautifully appointed single storey cottage with delightful sea and countryside views
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    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,...
  • near Ardrossan, Ayrshire
    near Ardrossan, Ayrshire×
    6
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    Ref: UK5304
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    Enjoying fabulous views, this single-storey lodge lies in a stunning location, perfect for birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists.
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    Situated just yards from a lovely sandy beach, this single-storey lodge, adjacent to the owner’s home, boasts fantastic views over the Firth of Clyde towards Arran. Regular sightings of seals and a large variety of birdlife can be seen from the decked sitting-out area. Ayrshire offers a varied coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and walkers and cyclists have easy access to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, with over 100 miles of beautiful walks. There is easy access...
    Rocky Sea Lodge and Seashell Lodge - Rocky Sea Lodge
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  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×

    Brig of Tig Cottage

    Ballantrae, Ayrshire

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    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:...

  • Dailly near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Dailly near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    85 Brunston Castle

    Dailly near Girvan, Ayrshire

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: UK5020
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Located within 25-acres of landscaped grounds with a shared indoor swimming pool and children’s play area. It is also just five miles from Ayrshire’s picturesque coastline.
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    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....
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