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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Martnaham Bothy Ref: SDDC

At the heart of a secluded country estate on the edge of Martnaham Loch, one of the foremost bird sanctuaries in Ayrshire, this charming traditional house commands stunning views over the loch to an ancient oak forest. Although a secret getaway, Martnaham Bothy has the supreme advantage of being close to both shops and the tourist highlights. The bustling town of Ayr with its sandy beaches, excellent shops and restaurants is only 6 miles away, whilst Culzean Castle is just 12 miles. Close by are golf courses for every level. Shops 2 miles.

Large living room with open fire and bay window overlooking the loch. Spacious kitchen/dining area with laminate floor. Utility. Single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet and Velux window. All rooms with loch views.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared natural woodlands
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced lochside area in garden

WAS
NOW
£296-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

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.

WAS
NOW
£219-£526
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Auchalton Toll Cottage Ref: CC539025
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 the glorious Galloway Park, the UK’s largest.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises;
Sitting/Dining Room: With wood burning stove and TV/DVD
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
Bedroom 1: With kin size zip n link bed - please state preference at time of booking
Bedroom 2: With two single beds
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power and bed linen included. Fist supply of fuel for wood burning stove provided. Water by natural springPatio area with garden furniture and BBQ, there is also a lawn area. Shed for storage of cycles and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: There is a rustic stone wall in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£260-£425
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Beach House Ref: 23718

This spacious detached holiday cottage lies 300 yards from a sandy beach in a peaceful village location, with uninterrupted views over the open sea and the Isle of Arran. An ideal family base, the property features table tennis in the garage. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on this picturesque Clyde Coast. The village offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, very popular restaurant, hotel and harbour. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry which is only a mile from Maidens, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent river for fishing and superb routes for walking. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking with gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle is spectacular and is Ayrshires most popular tourist attraction. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Shops ½ mile, restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with patio doors and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet, 2 twin. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

Oil central heating and gas included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. high chair. Digital TV. DVDs and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed gardens to rear, landscaped gardens with terrace to front and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Table tennis (in garage). No smoking. NB: Beach, 300 yards.

WAS
NOW
£371-£1150
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Seaview Cottage Ref: 27991

With spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, this end-terraced holiday cottage, over 250 years old, sits yards from Dunure beach and harbour on the 100-mile Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest panoramic coastlines. Enjoy walking, cycling, visiting gardens and castles, riding, bird watching, fishing, racing, and golf at Troon and Turnberry. Robert Burns country with many attractions is a few miles away. Culzean Castle Country Park has wooded trails along the beach. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Second living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Garden room with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Enclosed courtyard, furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Direct access to beach.

WAS
NOW
£274-£728
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Arran View Ref: CC539029
Whether you are here to relax amidst stunning scenery, to sample the best of Ayrshire’s fine dining, or here to sail within the great seafaring tradition that is Fairlie, then you will be sure of a warm welcome at Arran View, with its cosy, compact and well presented, modern accommodation. Ayrshire has an amazing coastline and the road follows the sea like a ribbon with stunning views across to Cumbrae, Arran and Bute. Tantalizingly close, the Isle of Arran just beckons one to hop on the ferry and live the adventure - easy to do for the day. Often referred to as ’Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran offers towering granite peaks to the north and a softer, greener landscape in the south. There is so much to do here, from climbing Goat Fell or visiting historic Brodick Castle - or indulging yourself with local Arran cheeses, beers, whisky or soaps - you can even make your own! There are lovely sandy bays and amazing wildlife such as deer, otters, seals and if you are lucky you may spot an eagle.

Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has gas central heating and comprises;
Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and electric solid plate hob, microwave, fridge with icebox and TV
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Lounge: With electric wood burner, sofa bed and TV
Bathroom: With bath, extra wide shower cubicle with electric shower, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. South facing patio dining area with sea and island views. Off road parking for one car.

WAS
NOW
£220-£380
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2


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 (£30per 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.

WAS
NOW
£275-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Auld Farmhouse Ref: CC539015
The Auld Farm House dates back 250 years and offers delightful holiday accommodation only 6 miles from Ayr and is perfectly placed for exploring everything that this wonderful area has to offer. From a magnificent coastline, to the Galloway Forest, to an array of culture, history and the arts, to a day at the races or even a day shopping at Belfast or Glasgow. And you can fly direct to the nearby Prestwick airport from Stanstead.   There are over 40 castles in Ayrshire and the jewel in the crown is Culzean Castle the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The setting is magnificent commanding stunning coastal views.
The Auld Farm House and Daisy Cottage (CC539016) can be booked individually or together to accommodate 11 guests making them suitable for the gathering of family and friends.

Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and comprises:
Sitting / dining room: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD, VCR and sofa bed (for +1) with large bay window
Lounge:  with feature electric fire and original shutters at both windows
Kitchen:  with gas cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1:  with double bed and en-suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds and shower enclosure.

All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Travel cot and high chair on request. Enclosed garden with patio area. £25 winter fuel supplement Oct-end Mar. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: This property is situated near to the A77.

WAS
NOW
£280-£555
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Badachro Ref: 28719


This spacious, detached holiday cottage, decorated to a very good standard is situated in the country hamlet of Meigle between Skelmorlie and Largs. This area heralds the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path and is an ideal base from which to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the isle of Bute. Take the ferry to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula to visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Enjoy riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. Bathroom with roll-top bath, bidet and toilet. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk with additional single (for child). Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. Two Freeview TVs. Video. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed terraced garden with paved sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue area. Parking (3 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Property bounded on two sides by fenced stream.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Daisy Cottage Ref: CC539016
Daisy Cottage is a former milking parlour dating back 250 years and simply oozes character – the twin bedroom was once the bedroom for the milk maid – and is situated only 6 miles from Ayr, making it perfectly placed for exploring everything that this wonderful area has to offer. From a magnificent coastline, to the Galloway Forest, to an array of culture, history and the arts, to a day at the races or even a day shopping at Belfast or Glasgow. And you can fly direct to the nearby Prestwick airport from Stanstead.   There are over 40 castles in Ayrshire and the jewel in the crown is Culzean Castle the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The setting is magnificent commanding stunning coastal views. Daisy Cottage and The Auld Farm House (CC539015) can be booked individually or together to accommodate 11 guests making them suitable for the gathering of family and friends.

Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge / diner:  with electric feature fire, Freeview TV, DVD, VCR and play station
Kitchen: double electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
Bedroom 1: with queen size bed and en suite wet room with WC and wash basin – a dual aspect with views of patio and countryside
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 2: with double bed and shower enclosure
Bedroom 3: with two single beds. This room used to be the milk maid’s bedroom.

All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Travel cot and high chair on request. 
Enclosed garden with patio area. £25 winter fuel supplement Oct-end Mar. Off road parking for 2 cars. 2 well behaved pets welcome.

WAS
NOW
£280-£555
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Milton Wynd Ref: 30176


Within an award-winning development, this ground floor holiday apartment offers a quiet, peaceful location from which to explore the surrounding area. Situated only 550 yards from the spectacular rugged Ayrshire coastline and dominated by the dramatic Ailsa Craig, there are many cycle routes, coastal and inland walks. The area is famed for its championship golf courses at Turnberry, Troon and Prestwick, which are all within easy reach. Culzean Castle (NT) and The Burns Visitor Centre are among many attractions. There are many facilities in the busy seaside town of Ayr, approximately 12 miles away. Beach 550 yards. Shop 3 miles and pub 800 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with sitting-out area. Garden furniture. Juliet balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£225-£711
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

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.

WAS
NOW
£219-£526
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