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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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  • Forget Me Not

    Dalmellington

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    2
    Ref: SKKZ

    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.

    Thatched cottage. Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Spacious well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and wooden floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet, tiled floor.

    • DVD
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned cottage garden with furniture

    • 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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  • Arran View

    Maidens, nr. Turnberry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18116

    Excellent views

    Situated on the owner’s farm, easily accessible by a single track road, this cosy, detached holiday cottage has uninterrupted views of the Firth of Clyde over to the Isle of Arran, or guests can explore the varied coastline of Ayrshire. Enjoy the long sandy beach at Turnberry or a game of golf on the famous championship course. Walking and riding locally. Ayr, 12 miles, is a traditional seaside town with good shopping and restaurants. Culzean Castle (NT) and Country Park is only a stroll away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Ash Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: CC539003
    On a hillside overlooking the town of Ayr, with views across to the Carrick Hills and the Isle of Arran, Ash Cottage is a beautifully furnished barn conversion on the working farm of Kirklandholm. Furnished and decorated to a high standard, the property has two super king size en-suite bedrooms. A decking area outside the kitchen door provides the perfect place to enjoy that morning coffee and admire the scenery, with access to the large lawned garden, landscaped with trees and shrubs.

    Whilst offering a quiet and peaceful location, the town of Ayr and Prestwick are only five miles away, with its wealth of shops and excellent places to eat. The surrounding area has something for everyone, including the world famous golf courses at the Royal Troon and Turnberry, beautiful parks at Bellisle and Rozelle, historic Culzean Castle, Crossraguel Abbey and Burns Cottage and the Robert Burns Heritage trail and Ayr racecourse. Ramblers and cyclists will enjoy exploring Ayrshire’s 80 miles of unspoilt coastal scenery and there are excellent ferry links to transport you to some of Scotlands’s most stunning islands.

    This property can be booked together with Chestnut Cottage (CC539042) and Acorn Cottage (CC539004) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and door to decking.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link twin beds (can be made to super king, please advise when booking) and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be made to super king, please advise when booking) and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi.Decking. Shared, enclosed garden with furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. 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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  • 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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  • 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 - McDowall Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SSAO

    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 with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Parking
    • 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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  • 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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  • The Villa

    Skelmorlie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC539023
    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 old stone fireplace surround in the kitchen still visible today. The entrance opens straight into the lounge/dining area which then leads off into the gallery style kitchen. On the first floor there are two good sized, beautifully coordinated, twin bedrooms, both have zip and link beds which can be made up into super king beds on request. All the main rooms within the cottage have the most fantastic views out to sea and the islands beyond. The farm comprises two and a half thousand acres which guests are free to explore. The hillside location makes an ideal spot to watch the comings and goings of the many boats, ships, ferries and submarines which pass regularly through the Firth of Clyde. A 5 minute stroll leads down to the sea front.Shop and pun 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room: With Freeview TV, DVD, iPod docking station and wooden dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Utility/Cloakroom: With washing machine and tumble dryer and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request) and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request), wall mounted Free view TV with ipod docking station.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, highchair and stairgate available. Camp bed available on request (only suitable for 1 child).Stunning sea views from property. Off road parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: Front door opens on to a private road - take care!

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  • Craigdoon

    Doonfoot near Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC539046
    Situated in Doonfoot, only two miles from Ayr town centre, this converted mews cottage has direct access to the River Doon. From here, guests can take a short walk to the beautiful sandy beach and onto the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s long distance walking route, a hundred 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 teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals, and is a haven for bird watchers.
    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle, a National Trust property, is spectacular and one of Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attractions.
    Steeped in tradition and history, the cottage is located close to Burns Cottage, The Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig ó Doon, the bridge from the famous poem Tam ó Shanter.
    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan. Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae, all within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 42" digital TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room.Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: There is a river 100 yards away.

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  • Downanhill Farm - Downanhill Cottage

    Ballantrae

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 28179

    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, otters, seals and birds. Farm tours are available by prior arrangement. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (NT), is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Fishing on site. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with additional double sofa bed, 1 single leading to 1 further single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Fridge/freezer.

    Both properties: Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 220-acre farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets to be kept on lead, working farm. NB: Sloping banks to sea 500 yards.

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  • Bridge Cottage

    Pinwherry, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42836

    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 visitor, world class mountain biking at Kirroughtree ’7 stanes’ and walking to suit all levels. Sea, river and loch fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Freeview TV. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small grassed area with enclosed patio and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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