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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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  • Ardmillan by Girvan, Ayrshire
    Ardmillan by Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Gardener’s Cottage

    Ardmillan by Girvan, Ayrshire

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    2
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    Ref: CC539014
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Beautifully appointed single storey cottage with delightful sea and countryside views
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    This beautifully appointed single storey cottage with its delightful sea and countryside views is over 100 years old and has lovely feature stone walls reflecting its history. As its name suggests, Gardener’s Cottage was the former residence of the gardener of Ardmillan Castle located just over a couple of miles from Girvan in Ayrhsire. 400 years ago the castle was described thus, “The Castle of Ardmillan looked like a palace with its deep cut ditch, its large courtyard,...
  • Dunure, Ayrshire
    Dunure, Ayrshire×

    Seaview Cottage

    Dunure, Ayrshire

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    2
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    Ref: 27991
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Boasting direct access to the beach, this end-terraced cottage enjoys stunning views, situated close to shops and pubs. Boasting direct access to the beach, this end-terraced cottage enjoys stunning views, situated close to shops and pubs.
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    With spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, this end-terraced holiday cottage, over 250 years old, sits yards from Dunure beach and harbour on the 100-mile Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest panoramic coastlines. Enjoy walking, cycling, visiting gardens and castles, riding, bird watching, fishing, racing, and golf at Troon and Turnberry. Robert Burns country with many attractions is a few miles away. Culzean Castle Country Park has wooded trails along the...

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

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

    6
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    Ref: SSAK
    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
    With a backdrop used for TV and film set, this location makes a wonderful location for a break.
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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 - 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 - McDowall Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage
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  • Girvan, Ayrshire
    Girvan, Ayrshire×

    The Cottage

    Girvan, Ayrshire

    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 17725
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Boasting a games room and large garden, this attractive farm house is perfect for exploring the coast and beautiful surroundings. Boasting a games room and large garden, this attractive farm house is perfect for exploring the coast and beautiful surroundings.
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    Set within the quiet Ayrshire countryside on a working farm this attractive spacious farm house makes a great holiday base to explore the varied coastline, rocky hill walks and beautiful views to the Isle of Arran. Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) is well worth a visit. There are fishing and boat trips from Girvan, 3 miles. Excellent golf with Turnberry, 10 minutes away. Ayr, 18 miles has good shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Glasgow/Prestwick Airport, 24 miles. Shop and pub...

  • West Kilbride, Ayrshire
    West Kilbride, Ayrshire×

    Thistle Cottage

    West Kilbride, Ayrshire

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: UK5262
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This spacious detached cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside and is located on the fringe of the small craft town of West Kilbride in Ayrshire.
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    Thistle Cottage is a perfect hideaway conveniently located on Scotland’s beautiful west coast. Situated just on the edge of the small craft town of West Kilbride, this delightful detached cottage enjoys stunning views from every window, and offers a peaceful retreat within easy reach of the facilities that this pretty town has to offer. It is also easy to access the bustling town of Largs with its shops, restaurants and promenade. Explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of...
  • Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Gladneuk Cottage

    Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: 23835
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities
    Walking, cycling, sandy coves and lush countryside await you from this spacious and comfortable cottage, lots of entertainment close by. Walking, cycling, sandy coves and lush countryside await you from this spacious and comfortable cottage, lots of entertainment close by.
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    This spacious holiday cottage is comfortably furnished, and is situated in the village of Barr. The area has lush green countryside which rises from sandy coves and mud flat estuaries of the Solway Firth, to high green hills and hidden lochs. On the edge of the Galloway Forest, there are many walks, as well as cycling, horse riding and golf. Ayr with its amenities and entertainment is 45 minutes away, with Stranraer providing day trips to Ireland also close by. Culzean Country Park is...

  • West Kilbride, Ayrshire
    West Kilbride, Ayrshire×

    Underhill Cottage

    West Kilbride, Ayrshire

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: CC539021
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Detached single storey cottage for 6 on the fringe of the small craft town of West Kilbride in Ayrshire
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    Underhill Cottage is a perfect hideaway conveniently located on Scotland’s beautiful west coast. Situated just on the edge of the small craft town of West Kilbride, this delightful detached cottage offers a peaceful retreat within easy reach of the facilities which this pretty town has to offer.  Lovingly restored whilst retaining character, Underhill Cottage is a converted stables with the accommodation being conveniently all on ground floor level and offers everything you need to...
  • Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire
    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire×

    The Pines

    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr, Ayrshire

    6
    3
    2
    2
    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...

  • Sorn, Ayrshire
    Sorn, Ayrshire×

    Loch Ard

    Sorn, Ayrshire

    6
    3
    2
    2
    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...

  • Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire×
    Newly Listed
    Woodland View

    Woodland View

    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire

    7
    4
    3
    3
    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×
    7
    3
    1
    1
    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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    3
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  • Pinmore, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Pinmore, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Kilpatrick Farm House

    Pinmore, near Girvan, Ayrshire

    7
    4
    2
    2
    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...

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