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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
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Trabboch Cottage Ref: 27809

The demure traditional frontage of Trabboch Cottage belies a spacious, beautifully presented contemporary residence; a welcoming detached holiday property, commanding breathtaking views. 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. A short drive to Culzean Castle with its country park, magnificent gardens, acres of trails, dramatic coastline and beaches. Dumfries House, 5 miles. Golf courses abound 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 & sea trout) and sea fishing, with 5 popular fresh water fisheries within 5 miles. Ayr, 11 miles, offers shops, markets, boutiques, swimming, tennis, 10-pin bowling, go-karting, equestrian centre and skating. Visit Ayr Racecourse, Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen with wooden floor. Conservatory with French doors. Games room with French doors. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (also accessed from hall). First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with Velux and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet leading to 1 twin, 2 single with en-suite shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£35per week October-April poa). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store on request. Games room with pool table and board games. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£672-£2587
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Beach House Ref: 23718

This spacious detached holiday cottage lies 300 yards from a sandy beach in a peaceful village location, with uninterrupted views over the open sea and the Isle of Arran. An ideal family base, the property features table tennis in the garage. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on this picturesque Clyde Coast. The village offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, very popular restaurant, hotel and harbour. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry which is only a mile from Maidens, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent river for fishing and superb routes for walking. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking with gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle is spectacular and is Ayrshires most popular tourist attraction. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Shops ½ mile, restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with patio doors and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet, 2 twin. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

Oil central heating and gas included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. high chair. Digital TV. DVDs and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed gardens to rear, landscaped gardens with terrace to front and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Table tennis (in garage). No smoking. NB: Beach, 300 yards.

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£371-£1150
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Burnside Cottage Ref: 27979

This detached cottage with a stream running through the garden is located in the Ayrshire countryside. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore and is an ideal holiday location for cyclists, walkers with easy access to the Ayrshire Coastal Path and wildlife and bird enthusiasts. Easy access to the ferries for the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and Bute and the Cowal Peninsula. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux and en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden, 10 yards

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£281-£761
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Dalquhairn House Ref: SJJD

This attractive detached Victorian country house makes the ideal holiday home, and is located in a secluded and peaceful rural setting. Accessed by a rough track, it enjoys spectacular views over the South Ayrshire countryside and the Stinchar Valley and is situated approximately 5 miles from the conservation village of Barr.
The Galloway Forest Park and Glentrool are located nearby and make up one of the 7 stanes (these are seven mountain biking centres stretching from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway). Here a wealth of outdoor pursuits are on offer - including highly regarded walking, pony trekking and mountain biking. It has marked trails and access to the Merrick, South West Scotland’s highest mountain. Culzean Castle and Country Park, a favourite with visitors, is close by. Perched on a rocky promentory, it overlooks the Firth of Clyde and is set in over 500 acres of woodland and includes formal gardens. Its armoury houses one of the most important collections of arms in existence.
Ayrshire is renowned for its many golf courses including the world famous facilities at Turnberry (10 miles) and Royal Troon. There is a popular racecourse in Ayr and there are exceptional yachting facilities at the marinas in Troon, Largs and Inverkip. There are many opportunities here during a holiday for game sports with some of South West Scotland’s best salmon and trout fishing available in the area’s lochs and rivers. The market town of Ayr (20 miles) has excellent amenities including shopping and many sport and leisure facilities. Shops 5 miles, pub 8 miles.

Large living room with open fire. Large, well-equipped kitchen with Aga and electric cooker. Sitting room with open fire, TV and wooden floor. Utility. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and wooden floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional double futon bed (for +2). Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Two single bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

  • Open-fires - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £30 per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one Freeview)
  • Video
  • Two DVDs (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Oil Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Payphone
  • Enclosed lawned garden and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • NB: Fenced river in garden

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Stable Cottage Ref: 28714

Situated on the outskirts of the village of Barr, this detached holiday property sits on the edge of the Galloway Forest National Park, the only Dark Skies Park in the UK. Located 8 miles from Ayrshire’s coastline and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, the area is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses.Visit Culzean Castle (National Trust for Scotland) is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. 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. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with ensuite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, raised patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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£277-£693
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Forget Me Not Ref: SKKZ

Set amidst the hills of the Southern Uplands, these beautifully restored, detached holiday cottages set on the banks of a rushing stream offer a relaxing getaway. They are accessed by a track and situated in 3000 acres of undisturbed woodland, wetland and other natural habitats, recognised for their importance by their designations as SSSIs. Wildlife is abundant including red squirrels, ospreys, golden eagles, roe deer and badgers. The estate offers fishing, pony trekking, riding, 27km of all terrain cycling, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking (grade 3+). Golf available at the famed Royal Troon and Turnberry Golf Courses 20 miles. Ayr 15 miles, Castle Douglas 30 miles. Shops 2½ miles.

Thatched cottage. Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Spacious well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and wooden floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet, tiled floor.

  • DVD
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed lawned cottage garden with furniture

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter logs £5 per bag
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Full oil central heating included (October-March £25per week, short breaks pro rata)
  • Sky TV (basic package)
  • Oil Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Payphone
  • Enclosed gardens set in unspoilt grounds with woodland
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Horse riding, fishing, water sports (own equipment required, prices on arrangement)
  • Stable livery and grazing by prior arrangement
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, sloping banks in woodland. Drop in garden

WAS
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£299-£857
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Arran View Ref: 18116

Excellent views

Situated on the owner’s farm, easily accessible by a single track road, this cosy, detached holiday cottage has uninterrupted views of the Firth of Clyde over to the Isle of Arran, or guests can explore the varied coastline of Ayrshire. Enjoy the long sandy beach at Turnberry or a game of golf on the famous championship course. Walking and riding locally. Ayr, 12 miles, is a traditional seaside town with good shopping and restaurants. Culzean Castle (NT) and Country Park is only a stroll away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£253-£593
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.

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£192-£405
Shortlist
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
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