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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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  • Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire
    Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire×

    Manor Park - Strathspey

    Skelmorlie, near Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 11716
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Enjoying 15 acres of landscaped grounds, this wonderful apartment is situated close to many attractions and amenities. Enjoying 15 acres of landscaped grounds, this wonderful apartment is situated close to many attractions and amenities.
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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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  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×
    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...

  • 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,...

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

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAO
    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
    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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  • 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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  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Ash Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539003
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio
    Ash Cottage provides two double en-suite bedrooms and is situated on a working farm only five miles from Ayr and two miles from Prestwick.
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    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.
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    Acorn 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×
    Newly Listed
    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...
  • Troon, Ayrshire
    Troon, Ayrshire×

    The Penthouse

    Troon, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 29450
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    The Penthouse is a beautiful apartment where guests can enjoy sea views from the living room or sit out on the roof terrace! The Penthouse is a beautiful apartment where guests can enjoy sea views from the lounge or sit out on the roof terrace!
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    This exclusive penthouse holiday apartment with roof terrace, has sea views from the living room and garden roof terrace and is located only yards from the promenade and sandy beach, in the seaside town of Troon. The town has a range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, yacht marina, and is home to the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Troon is ideally located to explore the Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae....

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