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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
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Smithy Cottage Ref: CC539030
Staying at Smithy Cottage is a perfect excuse to discover the unique and special experiences which make a holiday in North Ayrshire a great choice. It can be three different holidays all rolled into one. A short drive from the glorious city of Glasgow; the beautiful coastline is just down the road and the cottage is set within pastoral countryside; the choice is yours. Dating back to the Victorian era, this friendly cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation. The National Cycle Network 7 passes by the front door and from here you can link to Network 73 cycling to Ardrossan and Largs, where it is possible to board the ferry to Arran and Cumbrae. To experience the real Ayrshire, put on your walking boots and take to the paths where you will see historic castles and ancient monuments. The walk to the summit of Baidlandhill offers a superb panorama across the Firth of Clyde and is well worth the 1000ft climb. Ayrshire’s landscapes are so varied, ranging from lush rolling hillsides to white sandy shores, majestic craggy cliffs and caves, dramatic moorlands and magnificent seascapes with the beautiful islands as a backdrop. The Isle of Arran offers a Highlands in miniature from wildlife and views and challenging mountains for the intrepid, to rich heritage, ancient stones and the island’s own distillery and brewery. The Cathedral of the Isles on Great Cumbrae is Britain’s smallest cathedral. The vibrant city of Glasgow offers so many exciting possibilities. However, it has a natural side, as Glasgow translates from the Gaelic as ’deer green place’. The city has many beautiful park and gardens. As a former European Capital of Culture you will be amazed at the highlands on offer. The Burrell Collection has an astonishing array of beautiful objects from around the world and the city also bears testament to Charles Rennie Mackintosh - one of its greatest and most famous sons. There is also the world renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There really is something for every taste and age and as a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow hosts a wide programme of events throughout the year. Glasgow offers some of the best shopping in the UK from flagship stores to a veritable treasure trove of boutiques and antique shops. For foodies the city is home to many cosmopolitan restaurants where the menus are full of delicious, fresh and local produce. There is a fantastic range of modern pubs and bars where you can enjoy the atmosphere as well as the chance to create your very own blend of whisky at the Glengoyne Distillery.

Ground Floor: Property is mainly on one level has electric panel heating and comprises:
Lounge/Dining/Kitchen
Lounge Area
: With Freeview TV/DVD and sofa bed (for +2)
Dining Area: With dining furniture
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
Rear Hall: With washer/dryer
Bedroom 1: With double bed with views to front over countryside
Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Occasional sitting room with limited head height

All power, bed linen and towels includedGarden seat. Off road parking for 2 cars. There is a hot tub for your sole user, it is situated in the shared garden.

WAS
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£300-£630
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
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.

15 steps to entrance: All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Additional Z-bed available on request.

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

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£264-£680
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Badachro Ref: 28719


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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Windygates Ref: SVVV

This exclusive holiday apartment, with stunning views over the sea towards Arran is situated in the seaside town of Troon, overlooking the famous Royal Troon. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path the property is only 300 yards from the beautiful sandy beach. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, a promenade and yacht marina and is ideal to explore south west Scotland and the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are within easy driving distance. Shop 1½ miles, pub/hotels within 500 yards.

First floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French doors to balcony, open plan with kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wooden floors throughout. Second floor: Twin bedroom with Juliet balcony, Velux window and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared lawned garden
  • Balcony and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£263-£840
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Stinchar running close by, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside. The picturesque village of Barr is just 3 miles away, with a small shop and a pub with excellent restaurant. An ideal area for walkers and cyclists with quiet back roads and Forestry Commission trails taking you deep into the countryside and onto the Galloway hills. Close by is the newly opened Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£264-£671
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.

WAS
NOW
£210-£466
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Auchalton Toll Cottage Ref: CC539025
If this pretty lovingly restored cottage could talk it would have some fascinating tales to tell as it was originally a toll cottage on the old Ayr to Newton Stewart road and horse and carriage would have been the mode of transportation then. Nowadays Auchalton Toll Cottage sits in peaceful retirement within this pastoral valley. As a base it is simply marvellous with the stunning Ayrshire coast within a short drive; the magnificent Culzean Castle; the conservation village of Straiton and the glorious Galloway Park, the UK’s largest.

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

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

WAS
NOW
£260-£425
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Cottage Ref: 17725

Set within the quiet Ayrshire countryside on a working farm this attractive spacious farm house makes a great holiday base to explore the varied coastline, rocky hill walks and beautiful views to the Isle of Arran. Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) is well worth a visit. There are fishing and boat trips from Girvan, 3 miles. Excellent golf with Turnberry, 10 minutes away. Ayr, 18 miles has good shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Glasgow/Prestwick Airport, 24 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French door and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. Games room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with summer house, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with table football. Two pets welcome free of charge (working farm). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£288-£789
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Braemar Ref: W42135

Close to the sea

This charming wooden detached bungalow is situated in the small hamlet of Lendalfoot, 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 over the Carleton cottages are Carleton and Balsalloch Hills, rising steeply from the shore, both are crowned with ancient forts. To the south of the village is an excellent off road picnic area, with sandy beach and excellent views up and down the coast. When the tide is out you can walk out to the rocks and see seals swimming and basking. An ideal area to explore the scenic countryside of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and a popular area for outdoor pursuits. Shops, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric Range. Washing machine and freezer in garage. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£192-£405
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£375-£780
Shortlist
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
£285-£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/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
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£190-£430
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