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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Woodbine Cottage Ref: 28782

This detached, single-storey holiday cottage is situated in a quiet lane in the charming village of Failford and is only a couple of minutes walk away from the River Ayr and the Wildlife Trust Gorge Walk. It provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. Visit the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses and country parks, including NT properties. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached for a day out. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with summer house. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£177-£591
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
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

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£299-£857
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Balnowlart Lodge Ref: 29760


This lovely, little, detached holiday lodge has a superb position overlooking the verdant valleys running down to the meandering River Stinchar. Sitting quietly for over 100 years, this pretty lodge is just the ticket for exploring this beautiful area just 2 miles from the stunning Ayrshire coast. Boasting an open fire for those cooler evenings, this is a perfect destination whatever time of 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. Why not hop on a ferry to Ireland for a memorable day trip or take a trip on the Waverley the World’s last seagoing paddle steamer. For history buffs, why not visit Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. With its sumptuous interiors and magnificent furnishings, all set in two thousand acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages. The house has been described as an 18th century time-capsule as the principal rooms and their contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years. This is a golfing haven, with the famous Turnberry course just a half hour’s drive along the dramatic coastline. The River Stinchar offers excellent fishing opportunities together with delightful riverside walks. The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and is an official Dark Sky Park offering the most incredible opportunity to view the night sky in all its glory. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with laminate floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Economy 7 central heating included (£25per week November 2014-Easter 2015) (£30per week October-April thereafter). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. NB: Steps in garden.

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£225-£667
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Hazelglen Ref: CC539028
Hazelglen is a spacious, comfortable holiday bungalow, offering warm, modern accommodation and is just the ticket for exploring Ayrshire. The property is set within a working livestock farm and has lovely views towards the Galloway Hills and beyond - these can be fully appreciated from the large conservatory. This is a great base; the seaside town of Ayr is a short drive and Glasgow can be reached in less than an hour. Ayr is the largest of the Clyde Coast holiday towns and looks out on the glorious panorama of the Firth, with the majestic peaks of Arran in the foreground and the Mull of Kintyre in the background. Ayr racecourse is home to the Scottish Grand National and hosts up to thirty race meetings a year. Ayrshire is home to some of the finest golf courses in Scotland, from testing championship links courses to scenic parks courses. Turnberry and Royal Troon are the most known golf courses in Ayrshire hosting the Open and Seniors Open. Old Prestwick is another world renowned links course as the first ever Open was played there when the tournament began in 1860. There are many other fine links courses in Ayrshire. Ayrshire is steeped in history with links to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. The beautiful Ayrshire countryside provided the inspiration for some of the finest verses of Robert Burns and his birthplace at Alloway now houses a museum dedicated to the bard. There are over forty castles throughout the country, some of which are open to the public. The finest without a doubt is Culzean, the jewel in the crown. Dumfries House is a georgian gem. Nestling within 2,000 acres of scenic Ayrshire countryside in south west Scotland, this beautiful Palladian mansion house has been described as an 18th century time capsule, with many of its principal rooms extremely well preserved and some of there exquisite contents virtually unchanged for nearly 250 years. The house remained unseen by the public since it was built until it opened its doors as a visitor attraction in June 2008. The four islands Ailsa Craig, Arran, Cumbrae, and the Holy Isle, are only a short distance off the Ayrshire coast. The Isle of Arran has the best of what the rest of Scotland has to offer. A beautiful coastline with pretty villages complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. Ailsa Craig is now a bird sanctuary with seasonal daily boat trips. Cumbrae is one of the smallest islands on the Firth of Clyde and is just a 10 minute ferry crossing from Largs. It’s a perfect destination for a day out. The Island boasts deserted beaches, sandy coves, a flat landscape, and the main town of Millport has lots to entertain the family. Cumbrae is a paradise for cyclists and the traditional way to explore is a hop on a bike and experience the very best of the island. Holy Isle has an ancient spiritual heritage stretching back to the 6th Century. The Ayrshire coast is about sixty five miles long from Ballantrae in the south to Largs in the north and has some fine beaches surprisingly devoid of people. Haste ye back.

Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has LPG gas central heating and comprises;
Lounge/Dining: With dual aspect, Freeview TV/DVD, multi fuel stove and dining furniture
Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine
Conservatory: Spacious room with lovely countryside views
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With two single beds
Bedroom 3: With double bed
Bathroom: With power shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power and bed linen included. First supply of fuel for stove provided.Open garden. Off road parking for 3 cars.

WAS
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£300-£630
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.

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£538-£1314
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.

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£264-£671
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Milton Wynd Ref: 30176


Within an award-winning development, this ground floor holiday apartment offers a quiet, peaceful location from which to explore the surrounding area. Situated only 550 yards from the spectacular rugged Ayrshire coastline and dominated by the dramatic Ailsa Craig, there are many cycle routes, coastal and inland walks. The area is famed for its championship golf courses at Turnberry, Troon and Prestwick, which are all within easy reach. Culzean Castle (NT) and The Burns Visitor Centre are among many attractions. There are many facilities in the busy seaside town of Ayr, approximately 12 miles away. Beach 550 yards. Shop 3 miles and pub 800 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with sitting-out area. Garden furniture. Juliet balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£225-£711
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Anchorage Ref: 24799

This semi-detached holiday bungalow is situated in the village of Maidens, around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, 500 yards from a sandy beach. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing and golf. Culzean Castle Country Park (NT) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a short drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Shop ½ mile, pub 2 miles, restaurant 500 yards.

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

Oil central heating included (£25per week winter). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: There are 5 steps into garden.

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£202-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Arran View Ref: S4528

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

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

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

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£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Bridge Cottage Ref: W42836

Situated in the village of Pinwherry this charming holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the Galloway Forest Park, and is ideal for walkers and cyclists. Discover sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages, and with its famously mild climate and the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens. For the more active visitor, world class mountain biking at Kirroughtree ’7 stanes’ and walking to suit all levels. Sea, river and loch fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Freeview TV. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden, sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

WAS
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£202-£619
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
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 with Z-bed on request/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

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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£219-£526
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