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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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  • Learig Cottage

    Maidens

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: S4579

    The delightful harbour village of Maidens, situated on the largely unexplored coastline of south western Scotland and just 1.5 miles from magnificent golf at Turnberry, is the enviable location for this lovingly restored fisherman’s bothy. This studio-style accommodation boasts its own private decked sitting-out area and is surrounded by the owners’ pretty garden, complete with pond, whilst the harbour, village green and coastline abundant with birdlife are almost on the doorstep. Close by, Culzean Castle is well worth a visit as are Souter Johnnie’s Cottage at Kirkoswald and the Burns National Heritage Centre at Alloway. Trips to the island of Arran depart from Ardrossan and day trips to Northern Ireland from Stranraer are easily possible. Troon is 20 miles. An excellent restaurant is within a short stroll and Maidens has a village shop. Pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Kitchen. Shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared garden. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and drops in garden.

  • Crawfordston Cottage

    Kirkmichael, by Maybole

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC539027
    This spacious , traditional cottage is set in a tranquil, idyllic rural location with open countryside all around and yet the coastal town of Ayr is only a short drive. It is an ideal base to explore this beautiful area rich in places to visit and things to do. Nearby is Culzean Castle and Country Park, designated by architect Robert Adam and is one of his finest buildings. It sits dramatically on the cliff top looking across to Arran and Ailsa Craig. Inland is Dumfries House with its unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the sumptuous interiors have remained unchanged for 250 years. There are over twenty other castles in the area, many are romantic ruins such as Dunduff Castle in Dunure and Turnberry Castle believed to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce. Further north is Dundonald Castle, built in 1371 and used as a royal residence for the Stewart kings for 150 years. Ayrshire is home to Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, and the award winning birthplace museum in Alloway by Ayr hosts events throughout the year. Nearby is Burns’ Cottage, Alloway Auld Kirk and Brig O’Doon. Soutar Johnnie’s cottage is located a few miles further south in the village of Kirkoswald, also home to the Whisky Experience, a specialist shop offering tasting evenings for novices and aficionados. The beautiful Isle of Arran is an easy day trip with ferries leaving from Ardrossan or, during the summer, step aboard the Waverley, the world’s last sea going paddle steamer, for an unforgettable trip.
    There are some lovely walks along the quiet roads by the cottage with great views across to the hills and in the nearby village of Straiton there is an extensive network of signposted walks of varying lengths offering excellent opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. The Galloway Forest Park has miles of trails perfect for exploring on bicycle. Fishing is available on local rivers, lochs and fisheries plus sea fishing from Aye or Girvan. Golfers are well catered for in Ayrshire with championship courses such as Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick close by but there are also many challenging, smaller courses in Maybole, Dailly, Girvan and Ayr. Horse riding along the beach at Maidens or along the banks of the Doon on Craigengillan Estate is a great way to experience the stunning scenery. Craigengillan also has a superb path network including the gorge walk at Ness Glen; magical at all times of the year. Situated on a hilltop is the recently opened Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, the only publicly accessible observatory in a Dark Sky Park. After enjoying a great day out discovering and experiencing the delights of Ayrshire, Crawfordston Cottage is the perfect place to relax. The detached cottage gets the sun all day and evening, formerly a farm workers home it has been carefully modernised to retain original features but with all the comforts of modern living. It is well equipped with a good selection of books, local maps, games including boules, binoculars and information on local attractions.

    Ground Floor: Property is on one level and is heated by an eco pellet stove  central heating system and comprises:
    Sitting room/Dining/ Bedroom: A spacious open plan and contemporary room with views of the garden and countryside. TV with Freesat and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, dishwasher, larder fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine ( in storage cupboard)
    Bedroom: With king size bed and fitted wardrobes. This room leads from the sitting room and although is private it does not have a door
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and bed linen included. Broadband available.Partially enclosed garden mainly laid to lawn with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for one car.

  • Rosebud

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30514

    Set in the beautiful conservation village of Straiton, on the River Girvan, at the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, this traditional end-terraced holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring all that Ayrshire and south west Scotland have to offer. Great walking, cycling and fishing are available on the doorstep. Sandy beaches, famous golf courses, National Trust properties, one of which is Culzean Castle, and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum are all within half an hour. The county town of Ayr is just 16 miles, and cosmopolitan Glasgow is 50 miles. This is a wonderful year-round location, ideal for a romantic retreat or relaxing break. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (family package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area, furniture and summerhouse. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Manor Park - Glenfiddich

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: B4839

    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 of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with Z-bed on request/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Ample parking.

  • Bay View

    Fairlie, nr. Largs

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30584


    With lovely sea views of Arran and the other islands, this spacious Victorian quarter holiday villa is just 15 yards from the coast. The property benefits from a large shared garden with lawn and patio areas, and assorted garden furniture, it is ideal for outside living and great for getting the morning sun. Situated on the Ayrshire coast in the village of Fairlie, close to the bustling town of Largs with shops, restaurants and a promenade, it is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran, the Isle of Bute. Largs Marina, one of the best marinas in Scotland, is just 25 minutes’ off-road walk or a 5-minute drive. Take the ferry to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves and the area is fantastic for cyclists and walkers, with Skelmorlie heralding the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk. Inland, there are 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. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day trip, with rail links available from the town. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Manor Park - Lochnagar

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SP17

    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 of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with Z-bed on request/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Ample parking.

  • Annick Lodge Mains

    near Irvine, Ayrshire

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC539019
    This lovely, little courtyard cottage dates back to the 16th century and was formerly a farm steading before being used as the gardener’s cottage to the main estate house. The cottage sits in an oasis of calm within an enchanting spot and exudes that cosy, relaxing atmosphere that makes guests feel immediately at ease and in the holiday mood. The twin bedroom is both large and well presented and the light filled lounge the ideal spot for both daytime and evening relaxation. The cottage is very handy to many golf courses and within easy reach of Glasgow. The nearby coastal drive is beautiful and overlooks the islands of Arran and Cumbrae and out towards Bute and Kintyre in the distance.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has LPG central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire, TV with DVD, dining table and chairs
    Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, larder fridge, freezer and washing machine
    Utility Room: With tumble dryer
    One step up to .......
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi available. Small garden mainly laid to lawn. Storage for bikes, fishing rods, golf clubs etc. Off road parking spaces for 2 cars. Put-up-bed available at an additional charge of £25/wk. NB: Covered well in owner’s garden.

  • 9 Beach View

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC539050
    This luxury penthouse apartment has a spacious balcony overlooking the sea providing stunning views to the Isle of Arran. Located in the seaside town of Troon and within walking distance to the town centre with yacht marina and restaurant, promenade, beautiful sandy beach, swimming pool and, of course, the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Troon boasts many boutique shops and restaurants and is an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of South West Scotland.
    Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path the area is ideal for walkers and nature lovers with breathtaking views from the Ayrshire Coast. Ideally located to explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae, and during the summer the ferry to the Kintyre Coast. From Troon the ferry to Ireland runs daily and also easily accessible is the ferry to Dunoon, giving access to the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll’s Secret Coast and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 40 minutes, and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links from Troon to both.

    Third Floor: The property is all on the third floor, has lift access, gas central heating and comprises:
    Large open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With 40" Freeview TV, sea views and patio doors to balcony.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Balcony with furniture. Shared lawned courtyard. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Cushats Stables

    Sundrum, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27392

    With the Water of Coyle flowing to the rear, this detached, converted stable, adjacent to the owner’s home, boasts woodland and river walks and is an ideal holiday base. Nearby is the Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest coastlines in the British Isles. Walking, riding, racing, and a choice of golf courses are available locally. Culzean Castle is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and Glasgow and Edinburgh can be easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    16 steps to entrance. All one level: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. External games room with pool table, table tennis and darts. No smoking. NB: River 20 yards. Sloping banks in grounds.

  • Kirk View

    Dundonald near Troon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537220
    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 for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. Explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae with ferries also close by to Dunoon. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is only 40 minutes, the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 30 minutes, and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links to both easily reached.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2:
    With twin beds.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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