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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
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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Nursery Cottage Ref: S87

In the heart of Robert Burns country with the poet’s birth place at Burns Cottage just a 5-minute stroll away, this detached holiday cottage has been beautifully furnished in keeping with its age. Set within the delightful conservation village of Alloway, the property is just a short walk from the ‘auld kirk and brig o’ doon’, the Tam O’ Shanter Experience Visitor Centre and superb riverside hotel offering traditional Scottish hospitality. Culzean Castle, the scenic coast and islands, country and seaside walks, river fishing and over 40 excellent golf courses are on the doorstep. Glasgow and Prestwick airports within an hour’s drive. Shops 800 yards.

Two steps to entrance. Large living/dining room, open fire, rugs on slate-tiled floor. Large well-equipped fitted kitchen with TV, breakfast area, slate-tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom, 6ft zip & link beds (can be twin), en-suite shower room, toilet. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment, toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Smart TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone - emergency calls only
  • Enclosed courtyard garden, furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Haven Ref: W42450

Peaceful, rural location

Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path with 100 miles of coastal walks, this charming wooden, detached holiday bungalow is situated in the small hamlet of Lendalfoot, only 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 behind are Carleton and Balsalloch Hills, rising steeply from the shore, both crowned with ancient forts. To the south of the village is an excellent off road picnic area, with a sandy beach and excellent views up and down the coast; there is a private residents-owned beach across the road. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Shower room and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March) Bed linen included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed hard surface garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£0-£0
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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.

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£285-£555
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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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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
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. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with additional double sofa bed, 1 single leading to 1 further single. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Fridge/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-£713
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Bay View Ref: 30584


With lovely sea views of Arran and the other islands, this spacious Victorian quarter holiday villa is just 15 yards from the coast. Situated on the Ayrshire coast in the village of Fairlie, close to the bustling town of Largs with shops, restaurants and a promenade, it is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran, the Isle of Bute. Largs Marina, one of the best marinas in Scotland, is just 25 minutes’ off-road walk or a 5-minute drive. Take the ferry to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves and the area is fantastic for cyclists and walkers, with Skelmorlie heralding the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Culzean Castle Country Park, extending over 550 acres, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day trip, with rail links available from the town. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£282-£592
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Villa Ref: CC539023
The Villa is a delightful semi detached cottage sitting high on the hillside overlooking the Firth of Clyde with stunning panoramic views westwards to the islands of Arran, Cumbrae and Bute. Situated just outside the village of Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire, this self catering cottage is located on a working farm. It forms part of a courtyard yet has privacy from the rest of the farm steading. Recently renovated the interior is fresh and modern, however, there is evidence of its past with the old stone fireplace surround in the kitchen still visible today. The entrance opens straight into the lounge/dining area which then leads off into the gallery style kitchen. On the first floor there are two good sized, beautifully coordinated, twin bedrooms, both have zip and link beds which can be made up into super king beds on request. All the main rooms within the cottage have the most fantastic views out to sea and the islands beyond. The farm comprises two and a half thousand acres which guests are free to explore. The hillside location makes an ideal spot to watch the comings and goings of the many boats, ships, ferries and submarines which pass regularly through the Firth of Clyde. A 5 minute stroll leads down to the sea front.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With Free view TV, DVD, Ipod docking station and wooden dining table and chairs with stunning views out to sea.
Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and dishwasher
Utility/Cloakroom: With washing machine and tumble dryer, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request), wall mounted Free view TV; stunning sea view
Bedroom 2: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request), wall mounted Free view TV with ipod docking station; stunning seas view
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot, high chair and stair gate available. Camp bed available on request (for sleep + 1)Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: Front door opens on to a private road.

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£270-£450
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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 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.

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£210-£466
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Harbour View Ref: SFFV

This modern detached villa is set in a spectacular beachside location in Maidens village, with uninterrupted views over the harbour and towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, and the village offers a range of amenities including a 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 holiday spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses: the world famous Turnberry is only a mile from Maidens and there are also 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent rivers for fishing and superb routes for walking.
Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Remodelled by the Scottish architect Robert Adam, it houses a small exhibition displaying President Eisenhower’s military civilian and military career and his association with Culzean. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Glasgow/Prestwick airport is 20 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 100 yards, bar 1 mile.

Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with solid oak floor and French doors to rear garden. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two twin bedrooms. Fully tiled bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large living room with oak floor and harbour views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and fully tiled en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included (October-April £25 per week)
  • Two high chairs
  • Two satellite plasma TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
  • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced harbour 150 yards

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£409-£1443
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Coach House Ref: SLLW

This former detached Coach House lies on the private Bargany Estate with over 500 acres of woodland and river walks. Wildlife is abundant with a large variety of birdlife and roe deer to observe. Fishing, both trout and salmon, is available by arrangement. Near the harbour town of Girvan, with sightseeing, fishing and boat trips available, a lovely beach, boating lake, play park and a good variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The perfect holiday location for the outdoor enthusiast with golf, cycling and walking in abundance. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Swimming pool at Maybole, 6 miles. Shops and pub 3½ miles.

Living room with electric ‘living flame’ fire. Large kitchen with fireplace. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, electric ‘living flame’ fire and full oil central heating included (October-March £30 per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer (in building opposite)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with decked area and furniture
  • 80-acre natural, unspoilt woodland
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (3 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in woodland

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£306-£720
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