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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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Gardener’s Cottage Ref: CC539014
This beautifully appointed single storey cottage with its delightful sea and countryside views is over 100 years old and has lovely feature stone walls reflecting its history. As its name suggests, Gardener’s Cottage was the former residence of the gardener of Ardmillan Castle located just over a couple of miles from Girvan in Ayrhsire. 400 years ago the castle was described thus, “The Castle of Ardmillan looked like a palace with its deep cut ditch, its large courtyard, its capacities for siege-standing, its early pears and apples.”  Originally a fishing port, Girvan is now a small seaside resort and during the summer it is possible to sail around local landmarks on the lovely paddle steamer, the Waverley.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor has under floor heating and comprises:
Lounge: With electric feature fire, SkyTV (full package), DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 2) with lovely views towards the sea, Ailsa Craig and Islands.
Kitchen/Diner: With integral electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freesat TV, doors leading to patio and en suite shower enclosure with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With two single beds which can zip n link to make one super king size bed, Freesat TV and views over sea and countryside.
Bathroom: With free standing bath and shower spray, WC and wash basin.
Conservatory

All fuel, power, towels and bed linen included. Travel cot, high chair, buggy and pram available on request. Two well behaved pets welcomePatio with garden furniture and BBQ leading onto fully enclosed garden area. Attached storeroom for storage of bicycles, golf clubs and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 3 cars. Wi-fi internet access available. 3 pets accepted. NB: There is a pond and turkeys and hens in gardens.

WAS
NOW
£280-£555
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
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 room/kitchen/double bedroom area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Central heating and electricity included (£30per 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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£212-£499
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Holly Tree Cottage Ref: CC539020
Holly Tree Cottage is a delightful, cosy cottage set in the very pretty conservation village of Straiton, voted one of the ten Best Villages in Scotland and featured in the book ’The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland’, The village was also used as a location for the film ’The March’ due to its similarity to a typical Highland village. This former weaver’s cottage is some 200 years old and has been beautifully restored offering every comfort whilst still retaining its character. The relaxing ambience of this property and its open fire makes it an ideal romantic getaway or a superb holiday property for families.

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With large feature open fire, Free View and basic Sky package TV, DVD and CD player.
Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and hand built fitted wardrobes
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and views over patio and surrounding countryside.
Sitting Area/ Dressing Room: With chaise longue and wardrobe

Household and bed linen plus towels are provided along with a generous amount of logs for the fire. Travel cot, high chair and single temporary child bed available. Wifi available.South facing rear patio area with outdoor furniture. On street parking available. One well behaved pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£250-£425
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
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£275-£680
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£538-£1314
Shortlist
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 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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NOW
£225-£817
Shortlist
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).

WAS
NOW
£168-£488
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.

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NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
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

WAS
NOW
£300-£1051
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
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/double bedroom area. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Ample parking.

WAS
NOW
£190-£430
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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