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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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  • near Irvine, Ayrshire, Ayrshire
    near Irvine, Ayrshire, Ayrshire×

    Annick Lodge Mains

    near Irvine, Ayrshire, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539019
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Once the gardeners cottage to the main estate house this enchanting spot is idyllic for exploring Ayrshire.
     
     
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    This lovely, little courtyard cottage dates back to the 16th century and was formerly a farm steading before being used as the gardener’s cottage to the main estate house. The cottage sits in an oasis of calm within an enchanting spot and exudes that cosy, relaxing atmosphere that makes guests feel immediately at ease and in the holiday mood. The twin bedroom is both large and well presented and the light filled lounge the ideal spot for both daytime and evening relaxation. The cottage...
  • Prestwick, Ayrshire
    Prestwick, Ayrshire×
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    Fairways Cottages - Afton

    Fairways Cottages - Afton

    Prestwick, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5518
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Enjoy stunning sea views from this seafront location, with the Ayrshire Coastal path accessible from the doorstep.
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    This group of three semi-detached cottages, close to the owner’s home, is located on a quiet road in the seaside town of Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast, and situated only 200 yards from the sandy beach with stunning views over the sea to the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. Prestwick has many independent shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants, as well as a direct train link to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow. Close by are the seaside towns of Ayr and Troon.
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    Fairways Cottages - Kyle
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    Fairways Cottages - Doon
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  • Prestwick, Ayrshire
    Prestwick, Ayrshire×
    Newly Listed
    Fairways Cottages - Kyle

    Fairways Cottages - Kyle

    Prestwick, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5516
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Situated in the seaside town of Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast, this terraced cottage is an ideal seaside retreat for couples or a small family.
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    This group of three cottages, close to the owner’s home, is located on a quiet road in the seaside town of Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast, and situated only 200 yards from the sandy beach with stunning views over the sea to the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. Prestwick has many independent shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants, as well as a direct train link to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow. Close by are the seaside towns of Ayr and Troon.
    Situated on the...
    Fairways Cottages - Doon
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    Fairways Cottages - Afton
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  • Troon, Ayrshire
    Troon, Ayrshire×
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    The Harling

    The Harling

    Troon, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5544
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Lying across the Firth of Clyde, the port town of Troon is an ideal base for exploring the west coast of Scotland and the neighbouring islands.
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    This beautiful ground floor apartment within a Victorian villa has lovely open views and is only a short stroll from the world famous golf course of Royal Troon and the golden sands of Troon beach. Popular with walkers, the property is situated minutes away from the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. The centre of Troon is only a 10-minute walk, with an array of...
  • Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Auchalton Toll Cottage

    Crosshill near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539025
    Key Features:
    - 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 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 and...
  • Skelmorlie, Ayrshire
    Skelmorlie, Ayrshire×

    The Villa

    Skelmorlie, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539023
    Key Features:
    - 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...
  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×
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    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...

  • Dalmellington, Ayrshire
    Dalmellington, Ayrshire×

    Forget Me Not

    Dalmellington, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SKKZ
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Wildlife, fishing, pony trekking, riding, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking await you from this fabulous restored detached cottage. Wildlife, fishing, pony trekking, riding, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking await you from this fabulous restored detached cottage.
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    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...

    Find Me Out
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  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×

    Downanhill Farm - The Byre

    Ballantrae, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 28178
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Located close to the beach with spectatular views of the area, The Byre is the perfect getaway. Located close to the beach with spectatular views of the area, The Byre is the perfect getaway.
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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 - Downanhill Cottage
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  • Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire
    Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire×

    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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  • Troon, Ayrshire
    Troon, Ayrshire×

    West Portland

    Troon, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30763
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    Conveniently situated to explore fantastic attractions, this ground floor apartment makes a perfect romantic retreat for couples. Conveniently situated to explore fantastic attractions, this ground floor apartment makes a perfect romantic retreat for couples.
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    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,...

  • Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Royal Artillery Cottage

    Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30442
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    Close to lovely coastal villages, this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in the grounds of Culzean Castle close to amenities. Close to lovely coastal villages, this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in the grounds of Culzean Castle close to amenities.
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    Situated in the grounds of Culzean castle, this semi-detached holiday cottage has sea views and is set in a great location. Nearby is the lovely little coastal village of Maidens, situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the charming Clyde Coast, which offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, restaurant, hotel, harbour and a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate...

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