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

    Rosebud

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30514
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    With a cosy open fire and wonderful surroundings, this period holiday cottage provides a romantic retreat or relaxing escape. With a cosy open fire and wonderful surroundings, this period holiday cottage provides a romantic retreat or relaxing escape.
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    Set in the beautiful conservation village of Straiton, on the River Girvan, at the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, this traditional end-terraced holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring all that Ayrshire and south west Scotland have to offer. Great walking, cycling and fishing are available on the doorstep. Sandy beaches, famous golf courses, National Trust properties, one of which is Culzean Castle, and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum are all within half an hour. The...

  • Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire
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    Auchalton Toll Cottage

    Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539025
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    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Originally a toll cottage on the old Ayr to Newton Stewart road nestled within a pastoral valley. 
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    If this pretty lovingly restored cottage could talk it would have some fascinating tales to tell as it was originally a toll cottage on the old Ayr to Newton Stewart road and horse and carriage would have been the mode of transportation then. Nowadays Auchalton Toll Cottage sits detached in peaceful retirement within this pastoral valley. As a base it is simply marvellous with the stunning Ayrshire coast within a short drive; the magnificent Culzean Castle; the conservation village of...
  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Perfectly positioned for either coast or city visits, this cottage nestles in the heart of Burns Country. Perfectly positioned for either coast or city visits, this cottage nestles in the heart of Burns Country.
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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 - 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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  • Troon, Ayrshire
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    Majestik House

    Troon, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539050
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    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Enjoy stunning views to the Isle of Arran from this luxurious penthouse apartment in Troon - don’t forget your golf clubs!
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    This luxury penthouse apartment has a spacious balcony overlooking the sea providing stunning views to the Isle of Arran. Located in the seaside town of Troon and within walking distance to the town centre with yacht marina and restaurant, promenade, beautiful sandy beach, swimming pool and, of course, the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Troon boasts many boutique shops and restaurants and is an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of South West Scotland.
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  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAO
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    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage. Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage.
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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 - Kennedy Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage
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  • Girvan, Ayrshire
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    The Coach House

    Girvan, Ayrshire

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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    With over 500 acres of woodland and river walks, this former coach house lies close to a wonderful variety of attractions. With over 500 acres of woodland and river walks, this former coach house lies close to a wonderful variety of attractions.
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    This former detached Coach House lies on the private Bargany Estate with over 500 acres of woodland and river walks. Wildlife is abundant with a large variety of birdlife and roe deer to observe. Fishing, both trout and salmon, is available by arrangement. Near the harbour town of Girvan, with sightseeing, fishing and boat trips available, a lovely beach, boating lake, play park and a good variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The perfect holiday location for the outdoor enthusiast...

  • Skelmorlie, Ayrshire
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    The Villa

    Skelmorlie, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539023
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    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Rural Location
    Overlooking the Firth of Clyde with panoramic views to the islands of Arran, Cumbrae and Bute
     
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    The Villa is a delightful semi detached cottage sitting high on the hillside overlooking the Firth of Clyde with stunning panoramic views westwards to the islands of Arran, Cumbrae and Bute. Situated just outside the village of Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire, this self catering cottage is located on a working farm. It forms part of a courtyard yet has privacy from the rest of the farm steading. Recently renovated the interior is fresh and modern, however, there is evidence of its past with the...
  • Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire
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    Manor Park - Strathconan

    Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 60821
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Enjoy golfing, fishing, sailing and pony trekking in this beautiful area, ideal for small familys or friends. Enjoy golfing, fishing, sailing and pony trekking in this beautiful area, ideal for small familys or friends.
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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...

    Manor Park - Glenlivet
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    Manor Park - Strathspey
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  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
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    Newly Listed
    Braefoot 1860

    Braefoot 1860

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC1866
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This pretty cottage has views over the surrounding countryside and a cosy wood burner, making it ideal for any time of the year. This pretty cottage has views over the surrounding countryside and a cosy wood burner, making it ideal for any time of the year.
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    This beautifully presented detached cottage boasts pretty, private gardens with a small orchard, and has lovely views over the surrounding countryside. Braefoot 1860 is quietly situated on the edge of the very attractive conservation village of Straiton, voted one of the ten best villages in Scotland, and featured in the book ’The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland’. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape, its hills dotted with sheep and traversed by...

  • Straiton, Ayrshire
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    Holly Tree Cottage

    Straiton, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539020
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Cosy cottage for 4 set in the pretty conservation village of Straiton within Southern Ayrshire.
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    Holly Tree Cottage is a delightful, cosy cottage set in the very pretty conservation village of Straiton, voted one of the ten Best Villages in Scotland and featured in the book ’The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland’, The village was also used as a location for the film ’The Match’ due to its similarity to a typical Highland village. This former weaver’s cottage is some 200 years old and has been beautifully restored offering every comfort whilst still...
  • Turnberry, Girvan, Ayrshire
    Turnberry, Girvan, Ayrshire ×

    Milton Wynd

    Turnberry, Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 24902
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Offering a quiet, peaceful location, many walks and cycle routes nearby, within easy reach to many attractions. Offering a quiet, peaceful location, many walks and cycle routes nearby, within easy reach to many attractions.
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    Within a prestigious award winning development, this first floor holiday apartment offers a quiet, peaceful location from which to explore the surrounding area. Situated only 500 metres from the spectacular rugged Ayrshire coastline and dominated by the dramatic Ailsa Craig, there are many coast and inland walks and cycle routes. The area is famed for its championship golf courses at Turnberry, Troon and Prestwick which are all within easy reach. National Trust Culzean Castle and The...

  • Prestwick, Ayrshire
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    Arran View

    Prestwick, Ayrshire

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    Ref: S4528
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    Stunning views to Isle of Arran from this first floor apartment, just yards from sandy beach and overlooking a golf course. Stunning views to Isle of Arran from this first floor apartment, just yards from sandy beach and overlooking a golf course.
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    Overlooking the golf course and just a 50 yard stroll from the sandy beach, this first floor apartment enjoys stunning sea views to the Isle of Arran as well as dazzlingly lovely sunsets. Ayrshire is a golfers’ paradise, with courses in Prestwick, Troon (3 miles) and Turnberry (18 miles). Scotland’s premier racecourse is close to the town centre. Beautiful Culzean Castle is 12 miles and Robert Burns’ home is just 4 miles, as is Ayr Harbour for summer sea trips on...

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