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Find cottages in 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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  • Anchorage

    Maidens

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 24799

    This semi-detached holiday bungalow is situated in the village of Maidens, around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, 500 yards from a sandy beach. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing and golf. Culzean Castle Country Park (NT) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a short drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Shop ½ mile, pub 2 miles, restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. The property sleeps a maximum of 4 adults and a child/baby.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week, £4 per night per short break 15th September-21st April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: There are 5 steps into garden.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Upper Deck

    Fairlie, North Ayrshire

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539026
    As a location Fairlie really does take some beating and as a place to stay the Upper Deck offers accommodation with a difference plus lots of choices to make your stay as relaxing as possible. The Village Inn serves meals, which means you can have a great day out and come home to a splendid meal cooked for you without the worry of transport or washing up! The coastline here is really beautiful seducing the senses with stunning seascapes and sunsets. The Isle of Arran has the best of what the rest of Scotland has to offer. A beautiful coastline with pretty villages complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. There are some lovely beaches; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sounds and sight of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life.

    Ground Floor: With steps up from the street level then all on one level with gas central heating and comprises:
    Sitting Room/ Diner: With Freeview TV/DVD and sea views
    Kitchen: With electric fan assisted oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Room: With washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With king sized bed and fitted wardrobes
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds, wardrobe and sea views
    Bedroom 3: With double bed with fitted wardrobes. Sea views
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin
    Shower Room; With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Lots of storage space for suitcases etc. High chair and travel cot on request.Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: SSAK

    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. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two single bedrooms.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Easy walking access

    • 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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  • 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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  • Gladneuk Cottage

    Barr, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 23835

    This spacious holiday cottage is comfortably furnished, and is situated in the village of Barr. The area has lush green countryside which rises from sandy coves and mud flat estuaries of the Solway Firth, to high green hills and hidden lochs. On the edge of the Galloway Forest, there are many walks, as well as cycling, horse riding and golf. Ayr with its amenities and entertainment is 45 minutes away, with Stranraer providing day trips to Ireland also close by. Culzean Country Park is well worth a visit, and for sight-seeing Wigtownshire is within 50 minutes. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Pines

    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 26034

    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 which is well worth a visit. Explore the gardens, castles, country parks and Culzean Castle (NT Scotland), which are all available locally. Enjoy riding, racing and golf. Fishing rights on the River Ayr. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with French doors, 1 twin with French doors. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. 3 steps within the property.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone - honesty box. Enclosed lawned rear garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. 9-acre natural grounds and woodland. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden to river frontage. Sloping banks and steep drops to river in grounds.

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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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  • 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 (NT 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.

    All on ground floor: 4 steps to living room and dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Video and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden.

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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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