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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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  • Lendalfoot, Girvan, Ayrshire
    Lendalfoot, Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Braemar

    Lendalfoot, Girvan, Ayrshire

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    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally situated to explore the scenic countryside, this charming coastal detached bungalow is an ideal year round location. Ideally situated to explore the scenic countryside, this charming coastal detached bungalow is an ideal year round location.
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    Close to the sea

    This charming wooden detached bungalow is situated in the small hamlet of Lendalfoot, 6 miles from the seaside town of Girvan with harbour, shops, pubs and restaurants, and boasts stunning views over the sea to Ailsa Craig. Towering over the Carleton cottages are Carleton and Balsalloch Hills, rising steeply from the shore, both are crowned with ancient forts. To the south of the village is an excellent off road picnic area, with sandy beach and excellent views up...

  • Dalrymple, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Dalrymple, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Holmestead Farm Cottages - Old Byre Cottage

    Dalrymple, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    On the outskirts of Dalrymple and only a few miles from Ayr with the coast an easy drive away.
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    Situated in an elevated position with views over open countryside, Old Byre Cottage is a beautifully presented semi-detached courtyard cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, and located on the outskirts of the village of Dalrymple, in the Doon Valley. With a cosy wood burner it is perfect for a break any time of the year. 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...
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  • Girvan, Ayrshire
    Girvan, Ayrshire×

    The Coach House

    Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities
    This holiday cottage is only 100 yards away from the harbour and sandy beach in the coastal town of Girvan. This holiday cottage is only 100 yards away from the harbour and sandy beach in the coastal town of Girvan.
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    This semi-detached, former coach house is situated in the coastal town of Girvan and lies only 100 yards from the harbour and a beautiful sandy beach. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, the holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, with its varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. There are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of...
  • Skelmorlie, by Largs, Ayrshire
    Skelmorlie, by Largs, Ayrshire×

    Manor Park - Ardbeg

    Skelmorlie, by Largs, Ayrshire

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    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An ideal year round location with stunning surroundings. Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Burns country can be reached within the hour. An ideal year round location with stunning surroundings. Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Burns country can be reached within the hour.
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    Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house

    Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

    Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres...

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  • Dalrymple, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Dalrymple, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Holmestead Farm Cottages - Doon Cottage

    Dalrymple, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in the heart of Burns Country and close to the fabulous Ayreshire coastline, Doon Cottage makes a cosy base for your break away in Ayrshire.
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    Doon Cottage is situated in an elevated position with views over open countryside. It is a semi-detached courtyard cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, and located on the outskirts of the village of Dalrymple, in the Doon Valley. 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...
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  • Maidens, Ayrshire
    Maidens, Ayrshire×

    Learig Cottage

    Maidens, Ayrshire

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Sea View - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Fisherman’s bothy with private decked area, close to coastline and harbour, Burns National Heritage Centre easily reached. Fisherman’s bothy with private decked area, close to coastline and harbour, Burns National Heritage Centre easily reached.
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    The delightful harbour village of Maidens, situated on the largely unexplored coastline of south western Scotland and just 1.5 miles from magnificent golf at Turnberry, is the enviable location for this lovingly restored fisherman’s bothy. This studio-style accommodation boasts its own private decked sitting-out area and is surrounded by the owners’ pretty garden, complete with pond, whilst the harbour, village green and coastline abundant with birdlife are almost on the...

  • Mauchline, Ayrshire
    Mauchline, Ayrshire×

    Windmills End

    Mauchline, Ayrshire

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    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A romantic retreat in a peaceful, rural location surrounded by 12 acres of natural, un-spoilt, woodland grounds, great for walks.
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    This spacious barn conversion is situated on a country road in the Ayrshire countryside, close to the villages of Coylton and Stair. Set within 12 acres of farm and woodland, with a short woodland walk direct from the door, this semi-detached cottage, next to the owners’ home, provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland.
    Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along...
  • Kirkmichael, by Maybole, Ayrshire
    Kirkmichael, by Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Crawfordston Cottage

    Kirkmichael, by Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Traditional cottage for couples set in a tranquil rural location only a short drive from Ayr
     
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    This spacious , traditional cottage is set in a tranquil, idyllic rural location with open countryside all around and yet the coastal town of Ayr is only a short drive. It is an ideal base to explore this beautiful area rich in places to visit and things to do. Nearby is Culzean Castle and Country Park, designated by architect Robert Adam and is one of his finest buildings. It sits dramatically on the cliff top looking across to Arran and Ailsa Craig. Inland is Dumfries House with its...
  • Fairlie, near Largs, Ayrshire
    Fairlie, near Largs, Ayrshire×

    Arran View

    Fairlie, near Largs, Ayrshire

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Cosy, compact modern single storey accommodation giving easy access to explore the Ayrshire Coast and the Isle of Arran. 
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    Arran View is a contemporary, stylish apartment, which is part of a detached large contemporary house sitting in its own quiet rural grounds. However, Arran View is quite separate and benefits from its own private main door and off street parking. Arran View offers wonderful views of the Isle of Arran and surrounding islands, and Fairlie Bay with its many berthed yachts. Whether you are here to relax amidst stunning scenery, to sample the best of Ayrshire’s fine dining, or here to...
  • Largs, Ayrshire
    Largs, Ayrshire×

    Sandy Bay

    Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5295
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    A ground floor apartment located just yards from the seafront and within walking distance of Largs town centre with its charming promenade, ferry trips and leisure facilities.
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    This cosy apartment is situated in the bustling seaside town of Largs with shops, restaurants and promenade on your doorstep. It is ideal for exploring the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of Bute. Ferries also run to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varied coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and is an ideal location for cyclists and walkers with Skelmorlie heralding the start of...
  • Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Rowantree Cottage

    Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5480
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile
    A perfect semi-detached cottage for two, not far from Girvan and the Ayrshire coast, great for walking and bird watching.
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    This charming cottage is situated in the sleepy village of Colmonell between the River Stinchar and the sea, and is close to the village of Ballantrae. This cosy, semi-detached cottage provides a wonderful setting in the peaceful south Ayrshire countryside, and the village has stunning views over the Stinchar Valley. With river, hill and woodland walks direct from the door, the property is also situated close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines...
  • Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Hillview

    Colmonell, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5349
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A perfect bolt-hole for two situated within the unspoilt scenery of Ayrshire, a great base to explore coast, city and islands.
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    This cosy cottage boasts views over the Stinchar River, Craignell Castle and the surrounding hills, and is an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of the surrounding area. Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline, with villages, sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore, while inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, as well as riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle, a National Trust property, is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s...

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