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Sitting on the lovely Ayrshire coast, at the mouth of the River Ayr, is the historical coastal town of Ayr. The town is steeped in history, with its roots going back to the 13th century, pre-dating the Magna Carta, Ayr is the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland.

This popular seaside resort has a splendid esplanade with a long, sandy beach. From the beach, you can see out over the sea to the nearby Isle of Arran and on a very clear day you may even make out the northern tip of Northern Ireland. The long beach is perfect for relaxing walks and taking in the invigorating sea air.

As well as its fine beach, many shops and restaurants, Ayr is home to some beautiful 15th century buildings and landmarks, such as Louden Hall, the Tolbooth and the Auld Brig, which is now a pedestrian walkway. Although none of the 10th century Ayr Castle exists above ground, in 1654, Oliver Cromwell built a citadel on the castle site, the walls of which remain largely visible today.

Spend a day at Ayr Racecourse, one of Scotland's best known racecourses, it plays host to both National Hunt and flat racing and is sure to provide an adrenaline-fuelled day out. Explore the Ayr coastline and visit the coastal resorts of Troon and Prestwick.

However you choose to spend your days, Ayr has plenty to whet your appetite and if you are so inclined, you might want to spend your evenings whetting your palate with a local Ayrshire whiskey and perhaps raising a wee dram to Ayr's famous son, Robbie Burns who was born in nearby Alloway.

Discover this historical town for yourself and search for holiday cottages in Ayr today.

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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Crawfordston Cottage Ref: CC539027
This spacious , traditional cottage is set in a tranquil, idyllic rural location with open countryside all around and yet the coastal town of Ayr is only a short drive. It is an ideal base to explore this beautiful area rich in places to visit and things to do. Nearby is Culzean Castle and Country Park, designated by architect Robert Adam and is one of his finest buildings. It sits dramatically on the cliff top looking across to Arran and Ailsa Craig. Inland is Dumfries House with its unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the sumptuous interiors have remained unchanged for 250 years. There are over twenty other castles in the area, many are romantic ruins such as Dunduff Castle in Dunure and Turnberry Castle believed to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce. Further north is Dundonald Castle, built in 1371 and used as a royal residence for the Stewart kings for 150 years. Ayrshire is home to Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, and the award winning birthplace museum in Alloway by Ayr hosts events throughout the year. Nearby is Burns’ Cottage, Alloway Auld Kirk and Brig O’Doon. Soutar Johnnie’s cottage is located a few miles further south in the village of Kirkoswald, also home to the Whisky Experience, a specialist shop offering tasting evenings for novices and aficionados. The beautiful Isle of Arran is an easy day trip with ferries leaving from Ardrossan or, during the summer, step aboard the Waverley, the world’s last sea going paddle steamer, for an unforgettable trip.
There are some lovely walks along the quiet roads by the cottage with great views across to the hills and in the nearby village of Straiton there is an extensive network of signposted walks of varying lengths offering excellent opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. The Galloway Forest Park has miles of trails perfect for exploring on bicycle. Fishing is available on local rivers, lochs and fisheries plus sea fishing from Aye or Girvan. Golfers are well catered for in Ayrshire with championship courses such as Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick close by but there are also many challenging, smaller courses in Maybole, Dailly, Girvan and Ayr. Horse riding along the beach at Maidens or along the banks of the Doon on Craigengillan Estate is a great way to experience the stunning scenery. Craigengillan also has a superb path network including the gorge walk at Ness Glen; magical at all times of the year. Situated on a hilltop is the recently opened Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, the only publicly accessible observatory in a Dark Sky Park. After enjoying a great day out discovering and experiencing the delights of Ayrshire, Crawfordston Cottage is the perfect place to relax. The detached cottage gets the sun all day and evening, formerly a farm workers home it has been carefully modernised to retain original features but with all the comforts of modern living. It is well equipped with a good selection of books, local maps, games including boules, binoculars and information on local attractions.

Ground Floor: Property is on one level and is heated by an eco pellet stove  central heating system and comprises:
Sitting room/Dining/ Bedroom: A spacious open plan and contemporary room with views of the garden and countryside. TV with Freesat and DVD
Kitchen: With electric cooker, dishwasher, larder fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine ( in storage cupboard)
Bedroom: With king size bed and fitted wardrobes. This room leads from the sitting room and although is private it does not have a door
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel and bed linen included. Broadband available.Partially enclosed garden mainly laid to lawn with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for one car.

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£235-£395
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Nursery Cottage Ref: S87

In the heart of Robert Burns country with the poet’s birth place at Burns Cottage just a 5-minute stroll away, this detached holiday cottage has been beautifully furnished in keeping with its age. Set within the delightful conservation village of Alloway, the property is just a short walk from the ‘auld kirk and brig o’ doon’, the Tam O’ Shanter Experience Visitor Centre and superb riverside hotel offering traditional Scottish hospitality. Culzean Castle, the scenic coast and islands, country and seaside walks, river fishing and over 40 excellent golf courses are on the doorstep. Glasgow and Prestwick airports within an hour’s drive. Shops 800 yards.

Two steps to entrance. Large living/dining room, open fire, rugs on slate-tiled floor. Large well-equipped fitted kitchen with TV, breakfast area, slate-tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom, 6ft zip & link beds (can be twin), en-suite shower room, toilet. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment, toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Smart TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone - emergency calls only
  • Enclosed courtyard garden, furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking

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£0-£0
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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.

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£280-£555
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Townhouse Ref: 27677

This spacious, semi-detached townhouse is located only minutes from the promenade and beautiful sandy beach and is an ideal holiday base from which to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, a yacht marina and the world famous Royal Troon Golf Course. There are 5 golf courses within a 2 mile radius of this property. The islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae are easily reached, with the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 40 minutes and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 bunk, all with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating included (£30per week October-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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£225-£817
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Island View Ref: S4602

Boasting spectacular uninterrupted views over the Firth of Clyde coast and across the sea to the Isle of Arran (pictured), this spacious and exceptionally well-appointed property sits just one mile from the picturesque fishing harbour at Dunure. Keen walkers will delight in roaming the fabulous beaches and rugged coastline whilst golf enthusiasts can play the championship course at Turnberry (10 miles) or one of Ayrshire’s many other courses. At the end of a glorious day, visitors can watch a film in the home cinema/entertainment room or just simply enjoy the ever changing sea view. On the roof of the garden room, which is located behind the cinema room, visitors will find relaxing hot tub with built in sound system, which is enclosed in glass walls and a roof. There are some wonderful places to visit in the area, including Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) – the castle boasts magnificent interiors, even the kitchen block was designed by Robert Adams, and the the 600 acres of grounds offer a diverse range of habitats for birds and wildlife. Also just 6 miles away is Alloway, the setting for Burns Cottage, the poet’s birthplace. Ferries to the Isle of Arran are readily available as are day trips to Ireland departing from Stranraer. There is a shop and pub serving food in Dunure (1 mile) and the historic town of Ayr offers a good choice of restaurants and shopping, 7 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Garden room. 4 double bedrooms, each with zip and link beds (can be twin); two with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with bath and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Home cinema/entertainment room.

Biomass CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. Home cinema. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. No smoking.

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£812-£2032
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rosebud Ref: 30514

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 county town of Ayr is just 16 miles, and cosmopolitan Glasgow is 50 miles. This is a wonderful year-round location, ideal for a romantic retreat or relaxing break. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (family package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area, furniture and summerhouse. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£228-£522
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Penthouse Ref: 29450

This exclusive penthouse holiday apartment with roof terrace, has sea views from the living room and garden roof terrace and is located only yards from the promenade and sandy beach in the seaside town of Troon. Troon has a range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, yacht marina, and is home to the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Troon is ideally located to explore the Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ferries are also close by to Dunoon, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The city of Glasgow is only 40 minutes, and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links to both. Beach 100 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on third floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, both with patio doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large roof top terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£538-£1314
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Sorbie Villa Ref: 28773

Sorbie Villa, adjacent to the owner’s home, is a beautiful quarter Victorian villa of immense charm. It is bright and airy with high ceilings, ornate cornicing and westerly views towards the sea. This holiday villa sits in a pleasant residential area, not far from the town centre. Ardrossan is a historic town on the Ayrshire coast with a yachting marina with beach, promenade and a variety of shops and restaurants. The ferry terminal is located in Ardrossan giving daily access to the island of Arran. Golf courses are within easy access. Coastal walks, cycle paths and historical sites are all on the doorstep. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Private patio area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£208-£655
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Cottage 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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£168-£488
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Forget Me Not Ref: SKKZ

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 all terrain cycling, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking (grade 3+). Golf available at the famed Royal Troon and Turnberry Golf Courses 20 miles. Ayr 15 miles, Castle Douglas 30 miles. Shops 2½ miles.

Thatched cottage. Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Spacious well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and wooden floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet, tiled floor.

  • DVD
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed lawned cottage garden with furniture

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter logs £5 per bag
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Full oil central heating included (October-March £25per week, short breaks pro rata)
  • Sky TV (basic package)
  • Oil Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Payphone
  • Enclosed gardens set in unspoilt grounds with woodland
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Horse riding, fishing, water sports (own equipment required, prices on arrangement)
  • Stable livery and grazing by prior arrangement
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, sloping banks in woodland. Drop in garden

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£299-£857
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Woodbine Cottage Ref: 28782

This detached, single-storey holiday cottage is situated in a quiet lane in the charming village of Failford and is only a couple of minutes walk away from the River Ayr and the Wildlife Trust Gorge Walk. It provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. Visit the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses and country parks, including NT properties. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached for a day out. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with summer house. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£177-£591
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Sandyknowe Ref: CC539012
This spacious, light-filled and airy bungalow is ideal for the gathering of family and friends and overlooks the delightful Isle of Arran and open countryside. A sunset viewed from the restful haven of Sandyknowe is a truly memorable experience and the perfect way to end the day. Sandyknowe is positioned on a working farm close to Coylton where there are local facilities available and is superbly located for exploring this beautiful and largely unspoilt region of Scotland.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Spacious hallway
Lounge: With open fire and electric fire, TV and DVD enjoying lovely views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran
Dining Room: A spacious and tastefully furnished dining area.
Conservatory: A bright, large room with open views across open countryside and west towards the Isle of Arran.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge
Sun Porch/Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
Bedroom 1: With king size bed with memory foam topper boasting lovely rural views with en suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
Bedroom 4: With single bed with pull out single bed available on request and lovely views
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Storage for bicycles, fishing and walking gear. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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£375-£780
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