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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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  • near Irvine, Ayrshire, Ayrshire
    near Irvine, Ayrshire, Ayrshire×

    Annick Lodge Mains

    near Irvine, Ayrshire, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539019
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Once the gardeners cottage to the main estate house this enchanting spot is idyllic for exploring Ayrshire.
     
     
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    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...
  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Rosebud

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30514
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    With a cosy open fire and wonderful surroundings, this period holiday cottage provides a romantic retreat or relaxing escape. With a cosy open fire and wonderful surroundings, this period holiday cottage provides a romantic retreat or relaxing escape.
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    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...

  • Prestwick, Ayrshire
    Prestwick, Ayrshire×

    Fairways Cottages - Number 1

    Prestwick, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5516
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Situated in the seaside town of Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast, this terraced cottage is an ideal seaside retreat for couples or a small family.
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    This group of three cottages, close to the owner’s home, is located on a quiet road in the seaside town of Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast, and situated only 200 yards from the sandy beach with stunning views over the sea to the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. Prestwick has many independent shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants, as well as a direct train link to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow. Close by are the seaside towns of Ayr and Troon.
    Situated on the...
    Fairways Cottages - Number 2
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  • 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...
  • Turnberry, Girvan, Ayrshire
    Turnberry, Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Milton Wynd

    Turnberry, Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 24902
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Offering a quiet, peaceful location, many walks and cycle routes nearby, within easy reach to many attractions. Offering a quiet, peaceful location, many walks and cycle routes nearby, within easy reach to many attractions.
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    Within a prestigious award winning development, this first floor holiday apartment offers a quiet, peaceful location from which to explore the surrounding area. Situated only 500 metres from the spectacular rugged Ayrshire coastline and dominated by the dramatic Ailsa Craig, there are many coast and inland walks and cycle routes. The area is famed for its championship golf courses at Turnberry, Troon and Prestwick which are all within easy reach. National Trust Culzean Castle and The...

  • Prestwick, Ayrshire
    Prestwick, Ayrshire×

    Arran View

    Prestwick, Ayrshire

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    Ref: S4528
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    Stunning views to Isle of Arran from this first floor apartment, just yards from sandy beach and overlooking a golf course. Stunning views to Isle of Arran from this first floor apartment, just yards from sandy beach and overlooking a golf course.
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    Overlooking the golf course and just a 50 yard stroll from the sandy beach, this first floor apartment enjoys stunning sea views to the Isle of Arran as well as dazzlingly lovely sunsets. Ayrshire is a golfers’ paradise, with courses in Prestwick, Troon (3 miles) and Turnberry (18 miles). Scotland’s premier racecourse is close to the town centre. Beautiful Culzean Castle is 12 miles and Robert Burns’ home is just 4 miles, as is Ayr Harbour for summer sea trips on...

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

    Cart Shed

    Mauchline, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAW
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Dating from the 18th century, this charming cottage has stunning original arched windows, and was originally the cart shed for the stables. Dating to the 18th century this charming cottage with stunning original arched windows was originally the cart shed for the stables on this small estate.
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    Set in 4 acres of woodland and close to the quaint village of Failford, this detached 18th-century cottage has stunning original arched windows and is a short walk away from the River Ayr Way. It provides a tranquil base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with the Ayrshire Coastal Path (a long distance walking route winding 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British...

  • Barassie, near Troon, Ayrshire
    Barassie, near Troon, Ayrshire×

    Sea Breeze

    Barassie, near Troon, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5365
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Nestled just minutes away from the Ayrshire Coastal Path, this semi-detached property is an outdoor enthusiasts dream!
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    This well presented semi-detached villa is only a short stroll from the sandy beaches of Barassie and Troon. Popular with golfers, the villa is near to the several courses available in Troon, including the famous Royal Troon Golf Club, with one of the greatest links courses in Scotland, and host to the 2016 Open Championship. Also popular with walkers, the villa is situated minutes away from the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, 100 miles along one...
  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×

    Downanhill Farm - The Byre

    Ballantrae, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 28178
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Located close to the beach with spectatular views of the area, The Byre is the perfect getaway. Located close to the beach with spectatular views of the area, The Byre is the perfect getaway.
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    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,...

    Downanhill Farm - Downanhill Cottage
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  • 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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  • 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...

  • Girvan, Ayrshire
    Girvan, Ayrshire×

    The Coach House

    Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SLLW
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    With over 500 acres of woodland and river walks, this former coach house lies close to a wonderful variety of attractions. With over 500 acres of woodland and river walks, this former coach house lies close to a wonderful variety of attractions.
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    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...

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