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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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  • Balnowlart Bungalow

    Ballantrae, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30556


    Situated close to a working farm, this lovely detached holiday lodge is in a superb position overlooking the verdant valleys running down to the meandering River Stinchar, and just 2 miles from the stunning Ayrshire coast. For those cooler evenings it boasts a cosy open fire, making this a perfect destination for whatever time of the year. The village of Ballantrae has everything you need, including a pebble beach and superb views to Ailsa Craig, the granite jewel of the Clyde, and the evocative Isle of Arran. Visit Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets, or take the ferry to Ireland for a memorable day out. The famous Turnberry course is just half an hours’ drive along the dramatic coastline. The River Stinchar offers excellent fishing opportunities together with delightful riverside walks. The Galloway Forest Park is the UKs largest and is an official Dark Sky Park, offering the most incredible opportunities to view the night sky. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£40per week, £20 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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  • The Cottage

    Tarbolton, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W7048

    Superb garden and views

    This 2 bedroom holiday cottage is situated on a farm and attached to the farmhouse, and is 7 miles from the Ayrshire town of Ayr. The cottage is situated on a hillside giving holidaymakers a spectacular view across Ayrshire. This is an ideal area for fishing, walking, golf and cycling. Ayr provides the holidaymaker with numerous facilities including three 18 hole golf courses, race course, historic buildings, shops and beaches. There is also the Heads of Ayr Park in Ayr, where there is a mixture of farmyard and exotic animals which the kids can feed and touch. The area is rich with its associations with Robert Burns being born in Alloway, married in Mauchline and the Burns family living near Tarbolton. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional folding single (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Manor Park - Ardmore

    Skelmorlie, by Largs

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SP19

    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.

    15 steps to entrance: All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Additional Z-bed available on request.

    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.

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  • Bridge Cottage

    Pinwherry, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42836

    Situated in the village of Pinwherry this charming holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the Galloway Forest Park, and is ideal for walkers and cyclists. Discover sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages, and with its famously mild climate and the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens. For the more active visitor, world class mountain biking at Kirroughtree ’7 stanes’ and walking to suit all levels. Sea, river and loch fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Freeview TV. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small grassed area with enclosed patio and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Underhill Cottage

    West Kilbride

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539021
    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 make your holiday relaxing, homely and enjoyable. The wood burning stove and comfortable sofas are just the ticket to accompany a glass of wine and a good book - while the large and comfortable dining table is the perfect place to enjoy a great meal. The owner is at the very heart of the success of West Kilbride which is highly acclaimed as a haven for fine crafts. Her hand stitched decorative accessories, which are handmade, are displayed to great effect around the cottage. Her studio "Chookiebirdie" can be visited in West Kilbride. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has LPG gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance vestibule: Plenty of space for outdoor wear
    Sitting/Dining Room; With wood burning stove, Free sat TV and DVD player; a beautiful room with two sets of French doors opening on to the gardens and front and rear patios
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin a bright room with French doors opening onto patio
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, an attractive room with French doors opening onto patio
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views across countryside
    Bathroom: With bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove provided. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Wi-fi access availablePatio areas with outdoor furniture, BBQ. Shed for storage of bicycles/outdoor equipment. Off road parking for up to 3 cars. NB: Small burn in woodland close to the cottage.

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  • Gladneuk Cottage

    Barr, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 23835

    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 well worth a visit, and for sight-seeing Wigtownshire is within 50 minutes. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Ardmillan by Girvan

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: CC539014
    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, its capacities for siege-standing, its early pears and apples.”  Originally a fishing port, Girvan is now a small seaside resort and during the summer it is possible to sail around local landmarks on the lovely paddle steamer, the Waverley.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor has under floor heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric feature fire, SkyTV (With sports and movie package), DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 2) with lovely views towards the sea, Ailsa Craig and Islands.
    Kitchen/Diner: With integral electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freesat TV, doors leading to patio and en suite shower enclosure with WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds which can zip n link to make one super king size bed, Freesat TV and views over sea and countryside.
    Bathroom: With free standing bath and shower spray, WC and wash basin.
    Conservatory

    All fuel, power, towels and bed linen included. Travel cot, high chair, buggy and pram available on request. Three well behaved pets welcomePatio with garden furniture and BBQ leading onto fully enclosed garden area. Attached storeroom for storage of bicycles, golf clubs and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 3 cars. Wi-fi internet access available. 3 pets accepted.

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  • The Smithy

    Maidens near Maybole

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC539041
    This terraced holiday cottage lies less than 50 yards from a 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. Maidens is a lovely little coastal village 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 even a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. There are excellent golf courses, including the world-famous Turnberry, one mile, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. At the heart of Burns Country, Maidens is just a short walk along the shore to Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction Culzean Castle, part of the National Trust for Scotland, with woods, walks and lakes; and is close to the vast Galloway Country Park for hill walkers and nature lovers.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk bed, TV and DVD player.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking

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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: SSAL

    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 has also featured in other TV programmes.

    The stables, designed by William Burn in 1820-24, are also of architectural interest and, along with the lodges on the estate, form the holiday accommodation. Blairquhan Bridge was also designed by William Burn; it is a single arch, stone, hump-back bridge, possibly 18th-century and B listed. The woods of Blairquhan are a major feature of landscape. Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day, most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. A famous tree at Blairquhan is the ’Dool’ tree, a large sycamore sited on the lawn to the east of the house was used for execution by hanging after trial by the laird. With well-established woodlands, beautifully manicured lawns, an avenue of 18th-century lime trees and many other magnificent vistas, the estate creates a unique atmosphere and provides the ideal holiday surroundings to escape everyday life.

    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 Brig o’Doon - the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’Shanter. Blairquhan is within walking distance to the small Ayrshire village of Straiton, and a short drive from Kirkmichael and Maybole. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape and hills dotted with sheep and traversed by the winding River Girvan. On a clear day, Ailsa Craig can be seen in the distance.

    Ayrshire is home to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk with 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; it is also a haven for bird watchers.

    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit and activities such as riding, racing and golf to enjoy. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry course which is close at hand. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, and a short drive leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with electric woodburner and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Courtyard
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Pets free of charge

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 200-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture and walled garden
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds

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  • Tigh na Mara

    Maidens, nr. Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 27085

    This traditional, semi-detached beachfront holiday cottage has spectacular views of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre with direct access onto a sandy beach and the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to the traditional seaside town of Ayr, 10 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/kitchen.Second living room with French doors and slate floor. Utility room with toilet. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Satellite TVs. DVD. Electric Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Girvan

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 17725

    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 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. Games room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with summer house, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with table football. Two pets welcome free of charge (working farm). No smoking.

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  • The Pines

    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 26034

    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 which is well worth a visit. Explore the gardens, castles, country parks and Culzean Castle (NT Scotland), which are all available locally. Enjoy riding, racing and golf. Fishing rights on the River Ayr. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with French doors, 1 twin with French doors. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. 3 steps within the property.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone - honesty box. Enclosed lawned rear garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. 9-acre natural grounds and woodland. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden to river frontage. Sloping banks and steep drops to river in grounds.

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