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

  • Dunure near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Dunure near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    The Beach House

    Dunure near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539043
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    This ground floor holiday property is located in the pretty coastal village of Dunure, just 50 yards away from the beach.
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    This well-appointed holiday cottage sits only yards from the beach and harbour within the picturesque coastal village of Dunure, and is situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 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 steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals, and is a haven...
  • Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Royal Artillery Cottage

    Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30442
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    Close to lovely coastal villages, this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in the grounds of Culzean Castle close to amenities. Close to lovely coastal villages, this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in the grounds of Culzean Castle close to amenities.
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    Situated in the grounds of Culzean castle, this semi-detached holiday cottage has sea views and is set in a great location. Nearby is the lovely little coastal village of Maidens, situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the charming Clyde Coast, which offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, restaurant, hotel, harbour and a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate...

  • 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 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 Straiton and...
  • Dalmellington, Ayr, Ayrshire
    Dalmellington, Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Find Me Out

    Dalmellington, Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SCCW
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Offering a relaxing getaway, this beautifully restored detached cottage sits in 3000 acres of undisturbed woodland, wetland and other natural habitats. Offering a relaxing getaway, this beautifully restored detached cottage sits in 3000 acres of undisturbed woodland, wetland and other natural habitats.
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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...

    Forget Me Not
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  • Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    Auchendrane Stables - No 2 The Stables

    Alloway, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UKC844
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This beautifully presented former stables, is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This beautifully presented former stables, is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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    Situated on the owners’ beautiful small estate, with river and woodland walks direct from the door, these two beautifully converted cottages were formerly part of the Victorian stables to the main house (named Grey Man and Blue Peter, after horses who lived in these stables). Set within extensive grounds, visitors also have access to the tennis court.

    Auchendrane Stables are in the heart of Robert Burns country, close to the village of Alloway, and the area is steeped...

    Auchendrane Stables - No 1 The Stables
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  • 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...

  • Torranyard, near Irvine, Ayrshire
    Torranyard, near Irvine, Ayrshire×
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    Laigh Auchenharvie Cottage

    Laigh Auchenharvie Cottage

    Torranyard, near Irvine, Ayrshire

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    Ref: UK5520
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This traditional cottage for 4 boasts stunning views, its own garden and private parking, and is just a short drive from Glasgow.
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    This traditional semi-detached cottage is located on a quiet country lane with stunning views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran. It is situated only a short drive from Glasgow with museums, gardens, art galleries superb shopping, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. Only 25 miles from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed including walking, cycling, golf, fishing,...
  • Straiton, Ayrshire
    Straiton, Ayrshire×

    Holly Tree Cottage

    Straiton, Ayrshire

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    Ref: CC539020
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Cosy cottage for 4 set in the pretty conservation village of Straiton within Southern Ayrshire.
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    Holly Tree Cottage is a delightful, cosy cottage set in the very pretty 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 village was also used as a location for the film ’The Match’ due to its similarity to a typical Highland village. This former weaver’s cottage is some 200 years old and has been beautifully restored offering every comfort whilst still...
  • 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...
  • 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,...

  • 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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