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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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  • Sorn, Ayrshire
    Sorn, Ayrshire×

    Loch Ard

    Sorn, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 29394
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Enjoy miles of great walking and cycling from this holiday property which is ideal for a family or group of friends Enjoy miles of great walking and cycling from this holiday property which is ideal for a family or group of friends
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    This spacious, detached bungalow lies in the quiet village of Sorn (‘Britain in Bloom’ award winner) and has direct access to the River Ayr Way with over 40 miles of walks; it is also close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path with panoramic views. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit or enjoy cycling, mountain biking, riding, racing, a choice of golf courses and country parks. The area is ideal for birdwatching, with a variety of wild birds visiting the garden...

  • Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire
    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire×

    The Pines

    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 26034
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Nestling in private woodland, enjoy lovely views from the decked sitting area, ideal for family getaways or a romantic retreat. Nestling in private woodland, enjoy lovely views from the decked sitting area, ideal for family getaways or a romantic retreat.
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    Panoramic views
    Tranquil touring base

    This detached holiday property situated on the banks of the River Ayr in private woodland makes a tranquil touring base for South West Scotland and Ayrshire, with unspoilt scenery and the River Ayr Way with panoramic views.
    The hamlet of Failford is located just 2½ miles west of Mauchline, where the Water of Fail flows into the River Ayr. Nearby is the Ayr Gorge Woodlands Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scentific Interest...

  • near Ardrossan, Ayrshire
    near Ardrossan, Ayrshire×
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    Ref: UK5304
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Sea View
    Enjoying fabulous views, this single-storey lodge lies in a stunning location, perfect for birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists.
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    Situated just yards from a lovely sandy beach, this single-storey lodge, adjacent to the owner’s home, boasts fantastic views over the Firth of Clyde towards Arran. Regular sightings of seals and a large variety of birdlife can be seen from the decked sitting-out area. Ayrshire offers a varied coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and walkers and cyclists have easy access to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, with over 100 miles of beautiful walks. There is easy access...
    Rocky Sea Lodge and Seashell Lodge - Rocky Sea Lodge
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  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×

    Brig of Tig Cottage

    Ballantrae, Ayrshire

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    Ref: W43218
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    With woodland walks direct from the door, this beautiful cottage lies in an area which bursts with history and wildlife. With woodland walks direct from the door, this beautiful cottage lies in an area which bursts with history and wildlife.
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    This semi-detached holiday cottage boasts river and woodland walks direct from the door. Close to the Ayrshire coastal Path, the area is bursting with history and wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals. Ideally Located to explore Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, with walking, fishing, golf and cycling, villages and historic attractions. Ireland can be reached from Stranraer with Glasgow & Edinburgh easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

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  • Pinmore, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Pinmore, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Kilpatrick Farm House

    Pinmore, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 18964
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast with walking and fishing nearby, this spacious property boasts an open fire and enclosed garden. Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast with walking and fishing nearby, this spacious property boasts an open fire and enclosed garden.
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    This spacious holiday home sits within the Ayrshire countryside on a working farm, with walks from the door. Girvan, 6 miles. Explore the coast with sandy beaches or rocky paths. Golf at Turnberry, a short drive. Salmon and trout fishing available at cost. Explore the Solway from Newton Stewart. Wigtown offers many book shops and cafes. Private fishing by arrangement. Shops and pub 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with...

  • Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Woodland View

    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5398
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Walkers will love this cosy lodge with its wood burner. Located on the River Ayr Way it has river and woodland walks from the door.
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    This spacious lodge with a hot tub on the verandah, lies in a quiet location only yards from the River Ayr, and offers river and woodland walks direct from the door. This detached property is situated on the River Ayr Way, Scotland’s first source to sea walk, with 44 miles through one of the most interesting river valleys in southern Scotland and home to a large variety of wildlife including kingfishers, otters, heron, hen harrier, merlin, badgers, roe deer and black grouse.
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  • near Ardrossan, Ayrshire
    near Ardrossan, Ayrshire×
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    Ref: UK5303
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Sea View
    Watch the birdlife from the decking, or explore Ayrshire’s coastline - this single-storey lodge sits in the perfect location.
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    Situated just yards from a lovely sandy beach, this single-storey lodge, adjacent to the owner’s home, boasts fantastic views over the Firth of Clyde towards Arran. Regular sightings of seals and a large variety of birdlife can be seen from the decking. Ayrshire offers a varied coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and walkers and cyclists have easy access to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, with over 100 miles of beautiful walks. There is easy access to the ferries...
    Rocky Sea Lodge and Seashell Lodge - Seashell Lodge
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  • Irvine, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Irvine, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Harbour Street Penthouse

    Irvine, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5387
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    This penthouse apartment offers plenty of space for up to 8 guests and is located in a lovely harbourside setting in the Ayrshire town of Irvine. This penthouse apartment offers plenty of space for up to 8 guests and is located in a lovely harbourside setting in the Ayrshire town of Irvine.
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    This spacious penthouse apartment is situated by Irvine’s harbourside, where there are cafés, eateries, Scottish Maritime Museum and an arts centre. The beautiful sandy beach is just a short walk away, and the apartment sits on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile walking route along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. The seaside towns of Troon, Prestwick and Ayr are close by. Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varied coastline with villages,...
  • Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    North Balloch Farmhouse

    Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5237
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Discover some of Ayrshire’s most scenic countryside from this spacious detached farmhouse, which boasts 4 bedrooms and its own private enclosed garden.
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    This detached farmhouse is located in a secluded and peaceful setting and enjoys spectacular views over the south Ayrshire countryside and the Stinchar Valley. It is situated approximately 4 miles from the conservation village of Barr. The Galloway Forest Park and Glentrool, one of the 7 stanes, with its marked trails and access to the Merrick, south west Scotland’s highest mountain, are located nearby. They offer a wealth of outdoor pursuits including highly regarded walking,...
  • Maidens, near Turnberry, Ayrshire
    Maidens, near Turnberry, Ayrshire×

    Seaview

    Maidens, near Turnberry, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30107
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    This holiday property is ideal for a family or group to enjoy a seaside holiday in south west Ayrshire. This holiday property is ideal for a family or group to enjoy a seaside holiday in south west Ayrshire.
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    With spectacular and uninterrupted views over the open sea and the Isle of Arran, this beautiful, spacious detached holiday cottage is nestled on the scenic A719 coastal route, in the picturesque village of Maidens. This cottage lies less than 50 yards from the long sandy beach and its expansive grassy foreshore; and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery including views of Ailsa Craig and on a clear day, the Mull of Kintyre. Two of the double bedrooms and the...

  • Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Pant Farmhouse

    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC2005
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautiful cottage for families or a group of friends wishing to explore the Ayrshire coast and Burns Country. A beautiful cottage for families or a group of friends wishing to explore the Ayrshire coast and Burns Country.
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    Dating back to the 18th-century, this beautifully renovated, detached farmhouse is situated on a working sheep farm in 4-acre grounds, with woodland walks direct from the door. Pant Farmhouse provides a tranquil base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. 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...

  • Largs, Ayrshire
    Largs, Ayrshire×

    Knock Old Castle

    Largs, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC868
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    This 14th-century castle is the perfect retreat for a luxurious gathering with family, where you can relax with your feet up around the wood burner. This 14th-century castle is the perfect retreat for a luxurious gathering with family, where you can relax with your feet up around the wood burner.
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    Knock Old Castle dates back to the 14th-century and has been fantastically resurrected by the current owner into a truly unique, whimsical, fairytale castle. In what has been a 5 year long project, this detached castle has been lovingly restored. Local craftsmen have utilised their skills, imagination and expertise to make this property into something that will amaze every guest.
    From the quirky doors and interior, where no straight lines will be found, to the sauna in the tower, and...

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