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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Acorn Cottage Ref: CC539004
On a hillside overlooking the town of Ayr which is set amidst rolling farmland of owner’s working farm, with stunning views across to the Carrick Hills, Ayr town and the Isle of Arran, sits Acorn Cottage, a recent conversion, which has been beautifully decorated and furnished to a high standard, offering comfortable and cosy accommodation on two levels.  The double bedroom with en-suite bathroom is reached by a staircase from the down stairs sitting room and kitchen and the shared garden offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. 
Acorn cottage is adjacent to its sister property, Ash Cottage and can be booked individually or together to accommodate up to 6 people.

Ground Floor: The property is heated by oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge/diner: With flatscreen T.V., DVD and radio CD
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box.

First Floor: Bedroom: With king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, W.C. and wash basin.

All fuel, power and bed linen provided.  Use of the owner’s washing machine/tumble dryer close by. Outside: Enclosed and dedicated space of shared garden with furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. Wi-fi internet access available.

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£265-£450
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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

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£296-£1001
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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.

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£192-£405
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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.

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£260-£425
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Seaview Cottage Ref: 27991

With spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, this end-terraced holiday cottage, over 250 years old, sits yards from Dunure beach and harbour on the 100-mile Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest panoramic coastlines. Enjoy walking, cycling, visiting gardens and castles, riding, bird watching, fishing, racing, and golf at Troon and Turnberry. Robert Burns country with many attractions is a few miles away. Culzean Castle Country Park has wooded trails along the beach. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Second living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Garden room with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Enclosed courtyard, furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Direct access to beach.

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£247-£728
Shortlist
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 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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Match Box Ref: CC539024
The Match Box is a cosy apartment for two within the fabulous holiday location of the North Ayrshire coast. Located within the tranquil village of Fairlie which is situated on the eastern shore of the Firth of Clyde and overlooks the Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes, the apartment offers snug and compact main living space yet has the benefit of a spacious bedroom leading out to a Juliet balcony affording sea views. The Match Box is superbly situated for exploring the myriad of islands off the coastline and the region’s many inland attractions.

Ground Floor: With four steps to entrance the accommodation is all on one level, heated by gas central heating and comprises:
Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining:
Lounge Area: With Free view TV and DVD
Kitchen Area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
Dining Area: With dining furniture for two
Bedroom: With double bed, Juliet balcony with sea views
Shower Room; With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Off road parking for 1 car.

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£210-£300
Shortlist
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, 1 twin with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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

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£264-£680
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Cushats Stables Ref: 27392

With the Water of Coyle flowing to the rear, this detached, converted stable, adjacent to the owner’s home, boasts woodland and river walks and is an ideal holiday base. Nearby is the Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest coastlines in the British Isles. Walking, riding, racing, and a choice of golf courses are available locally. Culzean Castle is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and Glasgow and Edinburgh can be easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

16 steps to entrance. All one level: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. External games room with pool table, table tennis and darts. No smoking. NB: River 20 yards. Sloping banks in grounds.

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£219-£757
Shortlist
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

WAS
NOW
£299-£857
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.

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£275-£680
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