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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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  • Maidens, Ayrshire
    Maidens, Ayrshire×

    Anchorage

    Maidens, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 24799
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Only 500 yards to a sandy beach, this semi-detached bungalow is close to shops, pubs and many attractions. Only 500 yards to a sandy beach, this semi-detached bungalow is close to shops, pubs and many attractions.
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    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...

  • Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Bridge Cottage

    Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: W42836
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Ideally situated to explore south west Scotland, this charming cottage with a garden is a haven for walkers and cyclists. Ideally situated to explore south west Scotland, this charming cottage with a garden is a haven for walkers and cyclists.
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    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...

  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×
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    Ref: 28179
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Only 500 yards to the beach, this semi-detached cottage with an open fire is within easy reach to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Only 500 yards to the beach, this semi-detached cottage with an open fire is within easy reach to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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    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,...

    Downanhill Farm - The Byre
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  • Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Balnowlart Bungalow

    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30556
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Situated just 2 miles to the beach, this detached lodge enjoys an open fire together with beautiful views. Situated just 2 miles to the beach, this detached lodge enjoys an open fire together with beautiful views.
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    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...

  • 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...
  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAN
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    With a shared walled garden and 200-acre parkland to discover, this cottage is ideal for a peaceful holiday.
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    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...

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - MacKenzie Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage
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  • Ayr, Ayrshire
    Ayr, Ayrshire×
    Newly Listed
    Churchill Tower

    Churchill Tower

    Ayr, Ayrshire

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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...
  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAK
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    With a backdrop used for TV and film set, this location makes a wonderful location for a break.
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    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...

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - MacKenzie Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage
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  • near Ardrossan, Ayrshire
    near Ardrossan, Ayrshire×
    Newly Listed
    Rocky Sea Lodge and Seashell Lodge - Seashell Lodge
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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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    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.

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  • Dalry, Ayrshire
    Dalry, Ayrshire×
    Newly Listed
    Hill End Farmhouse

    Hill End Farmhouse

    Dalry, Ayrshire

    6
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    Ref: UKC2410
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This wonderful property offers enough room for all the family, and is in the ideal location to discover the Ayrshire coastline. This wonderful property offers enough room for all the family, and is in the ideal location to discover the Ayrshire coastline.
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    This spacious, detached farmhouse, complete with a private hot tub, boasts stunning views over the open countryside, and is situated close to the town of Dalry in Ayrshire. Located on Scotland’s west coast, the property is ideally located to explore the beauty of the Ayrshire coastline. This wonderful coast offers an array of villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. The location is also ideal for cyclists and walkers, as Skelmorlie, the start of the 100-mile long Ayrshire...

  • Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Balnowlart Lodge

    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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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...

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