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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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  • Dunure near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Dunure near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    The Beach House

    Dunure near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539043
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    This ground floor holiday property is located in the pretty coastal village of Dunure, just 50 yards away from the beach.
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    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...
  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAM
    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
    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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  • Prestwick, Ayrshire
    Prestwick, Ayrshire×

    Arran View

    Prestwick, Ayrshire

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    Ref: S4528
    Key Features:
    - 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...

  • Dundonald near Troon, Ayrshire
    Dundonald near Troon, Ayrshire×

    Kirk View

    Dundonald near Troon, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC537220
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    A spacious property situated in a quiet village close to Troon. Ideal for exploring the coast around the Firth Of Clyde.
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    This spacious cottage is situated in the quiet village of Dundonald with a shop, pub and several eating establishments. It lies close to the seaside towns of Troon and Ayr, and is ideally located to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Both towns have a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, promenade and yacht marina. Troon is also home to the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Located close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, the area is ideal...
  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    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
    Straiton, Ayrshire×

    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...
  • Prestwick, Ayrshire
    Prestwick, Ayrshire×

    Boydfield Cottage

    Prestwick, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5296
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Situated just a stones throw away from a sandy beach, this holiday home is the perfect break for families and couples alike.
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    This charming semi-detached cottage is located on a quiet road in the seaside town of Prestwick, on the Ayrshire coast and only a 5-minute walk from the sandy beach. The town of Prestwick has many shops, eateries and a direct train link to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, over 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines, this cottage provides a haven for walking enthusiasts.
    Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing,...
  • 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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  • Barrhill, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Barrhill, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    The Lodge

    Barrhill, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30552
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideally located to explore the coast and south west Scotland, close by to a charming village. Fishing just 100 yards away. Ideally located to explore the coast and south west Scotland, close by to a charming village. Fishing just 100 yards away.
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    This semi-detached holiday property is situated on the owners’ small holding, on the rural outskirts of Barrhill, a small village which is just 12 miles from Girvan and the coast. The Lodge is a renovated extension to the owners’ home. The Solway Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an impressive range of wildlife and birds. Coarse fishing is available just 100 yards from the property, no licence is required. Situated in a beautiful rural location with...

  • Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Auchendrane Stables - No 2 The Stables

    Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC844
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This beautifully presented former stables, is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This beautifully presented former stables, is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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    Situated on the owners’ beautiful small estate, with river and woodland walks direct from the door, these two beautifully converted cottages were formerly part of the Victorian stables to the main house (named Grey Man and Blue Peter, after horses who lived in these stables). Set within extensive grounds, visitors also have access to the tennis court.

    Auchendrane Stables are in the heart of Robert Burns country, close to the village of Alloway, and the area is steeped...

    Auchendrane Stables - No 1 The Stables
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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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  • Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Cart Shed

    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAW
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Dating from the 18th century, this charming cottage has stunning original arched windows, and was originally the cart shed for the stables. Dating to the 18th century this charming cottage with stunning original arched windows was originally the cart shed for the stables on this small estate.
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    Set in 4 acres of woodland and close to the quaint village of Failford, this detached 18th-century cottage has stunning original arched windows and is a short walk away from the River Ayr Way. It provides a tranquil base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with the Ayrshire Coastal Path (a long distance walking route winding 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British...

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