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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
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

WAS
NOW
£306-£720
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 with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet

Central heating and electricity included (£45per 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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£264-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Sandyknowe Ref: CC539012
This spacious, light-filled and airy bungalow is ideal for the gathering of family and friends and overlooks the delightful Isle of Arran and open countryside. A sunset viewed from the restful haven of Sandyknowe is a truly memorable experience and the perfect way to end the day. Sandyknowe is positioned on a working farm close to Coylton where there are local facilities available and is superbly located for exploring this beautiful and largely unspoilt region of Scotland.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Spacious hallway
Lounge: With open fire and electric fire, TV and DVD enjoying lovely views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran
Dining Room: A spacious and tastefully furnished dining area.
Conservatory: A bright, large room with open views across open countryside and west towards the Isle of Arran.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge
Sun Porch/Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
Bedroom 1: With king size bed with memory foam topper boasting lovely rural views with en suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
Bedroom 4: With single bed with pull out single bed available on request and lovely views
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Storage for bicycles, fishing and walking gear. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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£375-£780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Townhouse Ref: 27677

This spacious, semi-detached townhouse is located only minutes from the promenade and beautiful sandy beach and is an ideal holiday base from which to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, a yacht marina and the world famous Royal Troon Golf Course. There are 5 golf courses within a 2 mile radius of this property. The islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae are easily reached, with the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 40 minutes and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 bunk, all with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating included (£30per week October-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

WAS
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£225-£817
Shortlist
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

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
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.

WAS
NOW
£275-£680
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.

WAS
NOW
£253-£593
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Gardener’s Cottage Ref: CC539014
This beautifully appointed single storey cottage with its delightful sea and countryside views is over 100 years old and has lovely feature stone walls reflecting its history. As its name suggests, Gardener’s Cottage was the former residence of the gardener of Ardmillan Castle located just over a couple of miles from Girvan in Ayrhsire. 400 years ago the castle was described thus, “The Castle of Ardmillan looked like a palace with its deep cut ditch, its large courtyard, its capacities for siege-standing, its early pears and apples.”  Originally a fishing port, Girvan is now a small seaside resort and during the summer it is possible to sail around local landmarks on the lovely paddle steamer, the Waverley.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor has under floor heating and comprises:
Lounge: With electric feature fire, SkyTV (full package), DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 2) with lovely views towards the sea, Ailsa Craig and Islands.
Kitchen/Diner: With integral electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freesat TV, doors leading to patio and en suite shower enclosure with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With two single beds which can zip n link to make one super king size bed, Freesat TV and views over sea and countryside.
Bathroom: With free standing bath and shower spray, WC and wash basin.
Conservatory

All fuel, power, towels and bed linen included. Travel cot, high chair, buggy and pram available on request. Two well behaved pets welcomePatio with garden furniture and BBQ leading onto fully enclosed garden area. Attached storeroom for storage of bicycles, golf clubs and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 3 cars. Wi-fi internet access available. 3 pets accepted. NB: There is a pond and turkeys and hens in gardens.

WAS
NOW
£280-£555
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.

WAS
NOW
£264-£680
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Island View Ref: S4602

Boasting spectacular uninterrupted views over the Firth of Clyde coast and across the sea to the Isle of Arran (pictured), this spacious and exceptionally well-appointed property sits just one mile from the picturesque fishing harbour at Dunure. Keen walkers will delight in roaming the fabulous beaches and rugged coastline whilst golf enthusiasts can play the championship course at Turnberry (10 miles) or one of Ayrshire’s many other courses. At the end of a glorious day, visitors can watch a film in the home cinema/entertainment room or just simply enjoy the ever changing sea view. On the roof of the garden room, which is located behind the cinema room, visitors will find relaxing hot tub with built in sound system, which is enclosed in glass walls and a roof. There are some wonderful places to visit in the area, including Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) – the castle boasts magnificent interiors, even the kitchen block was designed by Robert Adams, and the the 600 acres of grounds offer a diverse range of habitats for birds and wildlife. Also just 6 miles away is Alloway, the setting for Burns Cottage, the poet’s birthplace. Ferries to the Isle of Arran are readily available as are day trips to Ireland departing from Stranraer. There is a shop and pub serving food in Dunure (1 mile) and the historic town of Ayr offers a good choice of restaurants and shopping, 7 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Garden room. 4 double bedrooms, each with zip and link beds (can be twin); two with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with bath and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Home cinema/entertainment room.

Biomass CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. Home cinema. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£812-£2032
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.

WAS
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£329-£22999
Shortlist
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
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