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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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  • Manor Park - Strathspey

    Skelmorlie, nr. Largs

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 11716

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet

    Central heating and electricity included (£45per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Laundry service. Fridge/freezer. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • The Coach House

    Girvan

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SLLW

    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 with golf, cycling and walking in abundance. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Swimming pool at Maybole, 6 miles. Shops and pub 3½ miles.

    Living room with electric ‘living flame’ fire. Large kitchen with fireplace. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric ‘living flame’ fire and full oil central heating included (October-March £30 per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer (in building opposite)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with decked area and furniture
    • 80-acre natural, unspoilt woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in woodland

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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SSAM

    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.

    • 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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  • Cushats Stables

    Sundrum, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27392

    With the Water of Coyle flowing to the rear, this detached, converted stable, adjacent to the owner’s home, boasts woodland and river walks and is an ideal holiday base. Nearby is the Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest coastlines in the British Isles. Walking, riding, racing, and a choice of golf courses are available locally. Culzean Castle is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and Glasgow and Edinburgh can be easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    16 steps to entrance. All one level: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. External games room with pool table, table tennis and darts. No smoking. NB: River 20 yards. Sloping banks in grounds.

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  • Find Me Out

    Dalmellington, Ayr

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: SCCW

    Set amidst the hills of the Southern Uplands, these beautifully restored, detached holiday cottages set on the banks of a rushing stream offer a relaxing getaway. They are accessed by a track and situated in 3000 acres of undisturbed woodland, wetland and other natural habitats, recognised for their importance by their designations as SSSIs. Wildlife is abundant including red squirrels, ospreys, golden eagles, roe deer and badgers. The estate offers fishing, pony trekking, riding, 27km of all terrain cycling, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking (grade 3+). Golf available at the famed Royal Troon and Turnberry Golf Courses 20 miles. Ayr 15 miles, Castle Douglas 30 miles. Shops 2½ miles.

    Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Large well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and solid oak floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft (zip & link) bed and dormer windows. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    • DVD (small library)
    • Freezer
    • Small, walled, lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter logs £5 per bag
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating included (October-March £25per week, short breaks pro rata)
    • Sky TV (basic package)
    • Oil Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Payphone
    • Enclosed gardens set in unspoilt grounds with woodland
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Horse riding, fishing, water sports (own equipment required, prices on arrangement)
    • Stable livery and grazing by prior arrangement
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, sloping banks in woodland. Drop in garden

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  • West Portland

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30763

    This spacious ground floor holiday apartment is conveniently located just yards from the promenade and a sandy beach, in the seaside town of Troon, and is ideally located from which to explore the beauty of South West Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, promenade and a yacht marina, and is home to a world famous golf course. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Troon is the perfect base to explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ferries are available close by to Dunoon, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There are rail links to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Beach 50 yards. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair on request. 42" Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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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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  • Arran View

    Prestwick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: S4528

    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 the Waverley Steamer. Excellent bird-watching and walking nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants are within a short walk and there are good rail and air links locally.

    16 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Juliet balcony. Parking. No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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  • Wood Court

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC539037
    This spacious ground floor apartment is located only yards from the sea in the seaside town of Troon and is ideally located to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, promenade and yacht marina, and is home to the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Ferries also close by travelling to Dunoon, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The cosmopolitan city of Glasgow is only 40 minutes, and Edinburgh is only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links to both.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. £35 winter fuel supplement (1st Oct - 31st Mar), payable direct to the owner.Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture, shared with the other apartments. Parking (1 car). Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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  • Manor Park - Strathconan

    Skelmorlie, nr. Largs

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 60821

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£45per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Laundry service. Fridge/freezer. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Parking.

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  • The Beach House

    Dunure near Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539043
    This well-appointed holiday cottage sits only yards from the beach and harbour within the picturesque coastal village of Dunure, and is situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along 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, and is a haven for bird watchers. 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, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world-famous Turnberry. Culzean Castle Country Park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. There is an inn located behind the cottage which has Wi-Fi available.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With wooden floor and king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £4 per basket. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park adjacent. No smoking.

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  • Arran View

    Fairlie near Largs

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539029
    Whether you are here to relax amidst stunning scenery, to sample the best of Ayrshire’s fine dining, or here to sail within the great seafaring tradition that is Fairlie, then you will be sure of a warm welcome at Arran View, with its cosy, compact and well presented, modern accommodation. Ayrshire has an amazing coastline and the road follows the sea like a ribbon with stunning views across to Cumbrae, Arran and Bute. Tantalizingly close, the Isle of Arran just beckons one to hop on the ferry and live the adventure - easy to do for the day. Often referred to as ’Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran offers towering granite peaks to the north and a softer, greener landscape in the south. There is so much to do here, from climbing Goat Fell or visiting historic Brodick Castle - or indulging yourself with local Arran cheeses, beers, whisky or soaps - you can even make your own! There are lovely sandy bays and amazing wildlife such as deer, otters, seals and if you are lucky you may spot an eagle.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has gas central heating and comprises;
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and electric solid plate hob, microwave, fridge with icebox and TV
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Lounge: With electric wood burner, sofa bed and TV
    Bathroom: With bath, extra wide shower cubicle with electric shower, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available. Wi-Fi available. South facing patio dining area with sea and island views. Off road parking for one car. 1 pet welcome at an additional charge of £20pppw.

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