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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 Townhouse

    Troon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 27677

    This spacious, semi-detached townhouse is located only minutes from the promenade and beautiful sandy beach and is an ideal holiday base from which to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, a yacht marina and the world famous Royal Troon Golf Course. There are 5 golf courses within a 2 mile radius of this property. The islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae are easily reached, with the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 40 minutes and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 bunk, all with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£30per week October-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Kilpatrick Farm House

    Pinmore, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 18964

    This spacious holiday home sits within the Ayrshire countryside on a working farm, with walks from the door. Girvan, 6 miles. Explore the coast with sandy beaches or rocky paths. Golf at Turnberry, a short drive. Salmon and trout fishing available at cost. Explore the Solway from Newton Stewart. Wigtown offers many book shops and cafes. Private fishing by arrangement. Shops and pub 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. 3 steps up to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break, October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times, working farm). No smoking. NB: There is a river close to the property.

  • Fairways

    Irvine

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: 27995

    Situated close to the Ayrshire coast, this detached holiday property is located on the edge of a golf course with access to the beach a mile away, and on to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The area is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit; Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen. Children’s playroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two satellite TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Sandyknowe

    Coylton near Ayr

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539012
    This spacious, light-filled and airy bungalow is ideal for the gathering of family and friends and overlooks the delightful Isle of Arran and open countryside. A sunset viewed from the restful haven of Sandyknowe is a truly memorable experience and the perfect way to end the day. Sandyknowe is positioned on a working farm close to Coylton where there are local facilities available and is superbly located for exploring this beautiful and largely unspoilt region of Scotland.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Spacious hallway
    Lounge: With open fire and electric fire, TV and DVD enjoying lovely views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran
    Dining Room: A spacious and tastefully furnished dining area.
    Conservatory: A bright, large room with open views across open countryside and west towards the Isle of Arran.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge
    Sun Porch/Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed with memory foam topper boasting lovely rural views with en suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed with pull out single bed available on request and lovely views
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Storage for bicycles, fishing and walking gear. Off road parking for 4 cars.

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - McKenzie Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: SSAJ

    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. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden
    • Ample parking

    • 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

  • Chestnut Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: CC539042
    Surrounded by open countryside, this spacious cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore the beauty of the Ayrshire countryside and coastline. Popular with walkers and cyclists, the cottage is situated close to both the River Ayr Walk and Ayrshire Coastal Path, Chestnut Cottage is in a quiet location within the working farm of Kirklandholm, on a hillside only five miles from Ayr, where there is a wealth of good eating places, shops, hotels and bar. Nearby there is plenty to do, with several quality golf courses, including the world famous Royal Troon and Turnberry, beautiful parks at Bellisle and Rozelle, historic Culzean Castle, Crossraguel Abbey and Burns Cottage, many walks along Ayrshire’s 80 miles of unspoilt coastal scenery, and not forgetting a day at the races at Ayr racecourse. The bustling cosmopolitan city of Glasgow is only a 30-minute drive and Edinburgh is only an one hour, with good train links from Prestwick. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is only 45 minutes away and the ferry links to the islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran are all close by.

    This property can be booked with Ash Cottage (CC539003) and Acorn Cottage (CC539004) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, 40" Freesat TV, DVD and French doors.
    Kitchen: Large with gas range cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Play room: With table football, board games, children’s toys, TV and wii.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, roll-top bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking) and en-suite shower with WC.
    Bedroom 4: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking)

    All oil, gas, electric and bed linen included. Towels for hire. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (4 cars). No smoking.

  • Burnside Cottage

    By Kilwinning

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 27979

    This detached cottage with a stream running through the garden is located in the Ayrshire countryside. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore and is an ideal holiday location for cyclists, walkers with easy access to the Ayrshire Coastal Path and wildlife and bird enthusiasts. Easy access to the ferries for the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and Bute and the Cowal Peninsula. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden, 10 yards

  • Harbour View

    Maidens

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: SFFV

    This detached villa is set in a spectacular beachside location in Maidens village, with uninterrupted views over the harbour and towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, and the village offers a range of amenities including a shop, post office, very popular restaurant, hotel and harbour.
    This corner of South West Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect holiday spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses: the world famous Turnberry is only a mile from Maidens and there are also 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent rivers for fishing and superb routes for walking.
    Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Remodelled by the Scottish architect Robert Adam, it houses a small exhibition displaying President Eisenhower’s military civilian and military career and his association with Culzean. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Glasgow/Prestwick airport is 20 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 100 yards, bar 1 mile.

    Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with solid oak floor and French doors to rear garden. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two twin bedrooms. Fully tiled bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large living room with oak floor and harbour views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and fully tiled en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included (October-April £25 per week)
    • Two high chairs
    • Two satellite plasma TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced harbour 150 yards

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: SSAQ

    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.

    Spacious living room with open fire and large kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Ample parking
    • Pets free of charge

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • DVD player
    • 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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