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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, Ayrshire
    Straiton, Ayrshire×

    Holly Tree Cottage

    Straiton, Ayrshire

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

    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...

  • 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...

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

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAM
    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
    Perfectly positioned for either coast or city visits, this cottage nestles in the heart of Burns Country. Perfectly positioned for either coast or city visits, this cottage nestles in the heart of Burns Country.
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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 - Cunninghame Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer 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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  • Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire×

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage

    Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire

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    Ref: SSAO
    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
    Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage. Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage.
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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 - Cunninghame 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 - Wauchope Cottage
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    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McIntyre Cottage
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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...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Balnowlart Bungalow

    Ballantrae, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: 30556
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Situated just 2 miles to the beach, this detached lodge enjoys an open fire together with beautiful views. Situated just 2 miles to the beach, this detached lodge enjoys an open fire together with beautiful views.
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    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...

  • Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire
    Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire×

    Bridge Cottage

    Pinwherry, near Girvan, Ayrshire

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    Ref: W42836
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Ideally situated to explore south west Scotland, this charming cottage with a garden is a haven for walkers and cyclists. Ideally situated to explore south west Scotland, this charming cottage with a garden is a haven for walkers and cyclists.
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    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...

  • Tarbolton, near Ayr, Ayrshire
    Tarbolton, near Ayr, Ayrshire×

    The Cottage

    Tarbolton, near Ayr, Ayrshire

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    Ref: W7048
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Providing wonderful views across Ayrshire, this single-storey cottage is situated in an ideal area for walkers, cyclists and fishermen. Providing wonderful views across Ayrshire, this single-storey cottage is situated in an ideal area for walkers, cyclists and fishermen.
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    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...

  • Ballantrae, Ayrshire
    Ballantrae, Ayrshire×
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    Ref: 28179
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Only 500 yards to the beach, this semi-detached cottage with an open fire is within easy reach to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Only 500 yards to the beach, this semi-detached cottage with an open fire is within easy reach to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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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 - The Byre
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