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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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.

External steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room with Z-bed on request. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating and electricity included (£45per 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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£274-£728
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet

Central heating and electricity included (£45per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Laundry service. Fridge/freezer. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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£264-£680
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Turnberry Milton Ref: 23348

A warm welcome awaits guests at this delightful two bedroom apartment. Situated in Turnberry’s Milton Wynd Estate, guests can enjoy relaxing in this beautifully furnished, well-equipped holiday apartment set within 6-acres of lawned gardens. The property is surrounded by private woodland where you may see wildlife such as deer, pheasant and squirrel. A beautiful sandy beach, Turnberry hotel and a world renowned golf course are only a 5-minute walk. Culzean Castle and country park is 4 miles away. Local activities such as horse riding, golf and a spa are all nearby. Pubs 400 yards.

Lift to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden. Balcony and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river, 200 yards.

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£0-£0
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Harbour View Ref: SFFV

This modern detached villa is set in a spectacular beachside location in Maidens village, with uninterrupted views over the harbour and towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, and the village offers a range of amenities including a 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 holiday spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses: the world famous Turnberry is only a mile from Maidens and there are also 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent rivers for fishing and superb routes for walking.
Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Remodelled by the Scottish architect Robert Adam, it houses a small exhibition displaying President Eisenhower’s military civilian and military career and his association with Culzean. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Glasgow/Prestwick airport is 20 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 100 yards, bar 1 mile.

Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with solid oak floor and French doors to rear garden. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two twin bedrooms. Fully tiled bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large living room with oak floor and harbour views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and fully tiled en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included (October-April £25 per week)
  • Two high chairs
  • Two satellite plasma TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
  • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced harbour 150 yards

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£409-£1443
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Arran View Ref: S4528

Overlooking the golf course and just a 50 yard stroll from the sandy beach, this first floor apartment enjoys stunning sea views to the Isle of Arran as well as dazzlingly lovely sunsets. Ayrshire is a golfers’ paradise, with courses in Prestwick, Troon (3 miles) and Turnberry (18 miles). Scotland’s premier racecourse is close to the town centre. Beautiful Culzean Castle is 12 miles and Robert Burns’ home is just 4 miles, as is Ayr Harbour for summer sea trips on the Waverley Steamer. Excellent bird-watching and walking nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants are within a short walk and there are good rail and air links locally.

16 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

NSH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Juliet balcony. Parking. No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Arran View Ref: 18116

Excellent views

Situated on the owner’s farm, easily accessible by a single track road, this cosy, detached holiday cottage has uninterrupted views of the Firth of Clyde over to the Isle of Arran, or guests can explore the varied coastline of Ayrshire. Enjoy the long sandy beach at Turnberry or a game of golf on the famous championship course. Walking and riding locally. Ayr, 12 miles, is a traditional seaside town with good shopping and restaurants. Culzean Castle (NT) and Country Park is only a stroll away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£253-£593
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Bay View Ref: 30584


With lovely sea views of Arran and the other islands, this spacious Victorian quarter holiday villa is just 15 yards from the coast. Situated on the Ayrshire coast in the village of Fairlie, close to the bustling town of Largs with shops, restaurants and a promenade, it is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran, the Isle of Bute. Largs Marina, one of the best marinas in Scotland, is just 25 minutes’ off-road walk or a 5-minute drive. Take the ferry to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves and the area is fantastic for cyclists and walkers, with Skelmorlie heralding the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Culzean Castle Country Park, extending over 550 acres, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day trip, with rail links available from the town. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£282-£592
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Turnberry Cottage Ref: 28617

This semi-detached holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been restored from a former byre and lies in an elevated setting with views towards the Isle of Arran. With extensive gardens and woodland, Turnberry Cottage provides walking opportunities. Vist Culzean Castle and Country Park, which is very close to the castle. An ideal base for golfers on Ayrshire’s top golf courses at Turnberry, Ayr, Prestwick and Royal Troon and sailing trips to the islands of Arran, Bute and Ailsa Craig. Ayr is an easy drive or Kirkoswald is nearby. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. Boot room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with bidet and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

Electric heaters and electricity included (£25per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (in external utility). Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 8-acre grounds and natural woodland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£484-£484
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Seaview Ref: 30107

With spectacular and uninterrupted views over the open sea and the Isle of Arran, this beautiful, spacious detached holiday cottage is nestled on the scenic A719 coastal route, in the picturesque village of Maidens. This cottage lies less than 50 yards from the 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. Two of the double bedrooms and the living room have patio doors which open up onto a wide decking area with seating facilities, where guests can enjoy the sea views. 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. The area is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast and a stunning holiday location that has something for everyone. There are excellent golf courses, including the world-famous Turnberry, 1 mile, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, an excellent river for fishing and superb walking routes close by. 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. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, 14 miles, a traditional seaside town. The Ayrshire county offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Shops and pub, 5 miles, restaurant, 100 yards.

Ground floor: Utility room. 4 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with patio doors and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with patio doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen with slate floor.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). DVD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with decked patio and furniture. Decked balcony. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream on garden boundary. Uneven paving stones at front of property.

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£419-£1320
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Haven Ref: W42450

Peaceful, rural location

Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path with 100 miles of coastal walks, this charming wooden, detached holiday bungalow is situated in the small hamlet of Lendalfoot, only 6 miles from the seaside town of Girvan with harbour, shops, pubs and restaurants, and boasts stunning views over the sea to Ailsa Craig.Towering behind are Carleton and Balsalloch Hills, rising steeply from the shore, both crowned with ancient forts. To the south of the village is an excellent off road picnic area, with a sandy beach and excellent views up and down the coast; there is a private residents-owned beach across the road. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Shower room and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March) Bed linen included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed hard surface garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Milton Wynd Ref: 24902

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. 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. Shop 3 miles, pub 800 yards.

Stairs or lift to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double (6ft zip and link) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars).

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£264-£680
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