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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Learig Cottage Ref: S4579

The delightful harbour village of Maidens, situated on the largely unexplored coastline of southwestern Scotland and just 1.5 miles from magnificent golf at Turnberry, is the enviable location for this lovingly restored fisherman’s bothy. This studio-style accommodation boasts its own private decked sitting-out area and is surrounded by the owners’ pretty garden, complete with pond, whilst the harbour, village green and coastline abundant with birdlife are almost on the doorstep. Close by, Culzean Castle is well worth a visit as are Souter Johnnie’s Cottage at Kirkoswald and the Burns National Heritage Centre at Alloway. Trips to the island of Arran depart from Ardrossan and day trips to Northern Ireland from Stranraer are easily possible. Troon is 20 miles. An excellent restaurant is within a short stroll and Maidens has a village shop.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Kitchen. Shower room and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. DVD. CD. M/wave. Shared garden. Patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and drops in garden.

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£278-£523
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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.

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£371-£1150
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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Coach House Ref: 29824

This semi-detached, former coach house is situated in the coastal town of Girvan and lies only 100 yards from the harbour and a beautiful sandy beach. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, the holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, with its varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. There are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry and NT Culzean Castle Country Park. With transport links to Glasgow for a day out, day trips to Ireland from Cairnryan and Dumfries and Galloway within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£185-£547
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Redwood House Ref: SYYK

This stunning, custom-built detached house is set along a quiet country lane with fantastic views, in addition, it has its own large, private, landscaped garden, including a pond. This property was both designed and built by the owner, and includes large windows to showcase the views outside, with careful attention to detail in the design of the rooms to maximise space and give a romantic, yet practical feel. It is set in glorious Ayrshire, home of Robert Burns - the spectacular Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Burns Cottage, Brig O’Doon and Auld Kirk are all close by. It is only a short drive to Culzean Castle with its country park, magnificent gardens, acres of trails, dramatic coastline and beaches. Dumfries House is just 2 miles away. There are many golf courses nearby for all abilities, including the world-famous Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick. Turnberry offers a spa, off-road driving, quad biking, trampolines and astro-turf slides. Visit Galloway Forest for off-road cycling, walking and fishing lochs set in breathtaking scenery. A short ferry trip takes you to the Isle of Arran, where you can visit Lochranza Distillery. From nearby Troon take a day trip to Ireland on the ferry. Enjoy the Ayrshire Coastal Path or the River Ayr Walk, which is on the doorstep. Anglers are spoilt for choice for rivers (permit fishing salmon and sea trout) and sea fishing, with 5 popular fresh water fisheries within just a few miles. Ayr, 14 miles, offers shops, markets, boutiques, swimming, tennis, 10-pin bowling, go-karting, an equestrian centre and skating. Visit Ayr Racecourse, Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Glasgow is just a 45-minute drive, and Edinburgh is easily accessible within 1½ hours, making it an ideal property for experiencing the Edinburgh Festival. Prestwick airport 15 miles, Glasgow airport, 40 miles and Edinburgh airport 60 miles. Horse riding is available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Large, open-plan living room with patio doors/well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor. Spacious dining room. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Study. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two further bedrooms, 1 double with 5ft bed, 1 twin with en-suite Jack & Jill shower room and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV (variable reception)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Five freezers
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, landscaped garden with decked patio, terrace and furniture
  • Garage (for 2 cars)
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 4 steps from decking. Large, unfenced pond in garden with unguarded bridge, 3 yards

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£796-£2576
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Tigh na Mara 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, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview 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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£0-£0
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Stinchar running behind, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views and wonderful hill and loch walks direct from the door. An ideal area for walkers, golfers and cyclists with quiet back roads and Forestry trails leading deep into the countryside and on to the Galloway Hills. Salmon fishing on the river can be arranged in season and sea fishing trips can be arranged from Girvan Harbour. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Large well-equipped kitchen/living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Sitting room with TV and door to garden. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room (double cubicle) with toilet and tiled floor.

  • Wood-burning stove included
  • Electricity, oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), solar panels, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 500-acres of natural, unspoilt grounds
  • No smoking
  • NB: Sloping banks and fenced river in grounds

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£300-£1051
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2


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 throughout the year. The area has something for everyone and is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent 18-hole golf courses nearby, including the world famous Turnberry. Drive north to the traditional seaside town of Ayr, 14 miles. The Ayrshire county offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Fishing and superb walking nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one zip and link (can be double on request). Wet room with bath and toilet.

Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£329-£22999
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rosebud Cottage Ref: 24982

Situated on a hilltop with panoramic views, this holiday cottage has been renovated to a good standard and offers an ideal base to explore South West Scotland. With marked river, woodland and farm walks, the property is close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer and Troon. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft 5in) with en-suite shower room and toilet. 1 twin (can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. iPod dock. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. American fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. Two pets welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times, working farm). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Unfenced stream 600 metres. Sloping banks in grounds.

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£211-£762
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Lodge Ref: 30552


This semi-detached holiday property is situated on the owners’ small holding, on the rural outskirts of Barrhill, a small village which is just 12 miles from Girvan and the coast. The Lodge is a renovated extension to the owners’ home. The Solway Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an impressive range of wildlife and birds. Coarse fishing is available just 100 yards from the property, no licence is required. Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Duisk running close by. The village of Barrhill is half a mile walk and is an ideal area for walkers and cyclists with the Galloway Forest nearby, offering 7Stanes mountain bike trails and plenty of walking routes. Turnberry with a well-known 18-hole golf course is nearby; and the Galloway Forest has been designed a Dark Sky Park, offering great star gazing and astronomy, away from light pollution. The Galloway and Ayrshire coasts are easily accessible with outstanding sea views and beautiful beaches. There is plenty to see and do locally, with gardens to visit or places to see like Culzean Castle with its views over to the Isle of Arran. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor. Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge - to be kept on a lead. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds. 4 steps to garden.

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£210-£466
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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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

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, otters, seals and birds. Farm tours are available by prior arrangement. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (NT), is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Fishing on site. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

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

Electric woodburner in living room included. Freezer.

Both properties: Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 220-acre farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge (to be kept on lead, working farm). NB: Sloping banks to sea 500 yards.

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£216-£749
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