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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 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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

This spacious holiday home sits within the Ayrshire countryside on a working farm, with walks from the door. Girvan, 6 miles. Explore the coast with sandy beaches or rocky paths. Golf at Turnberry, a short drive. Salmon and trout fishing available at cost. Explore the Solway from Newton Stewart. Wigtown offers many book shops and cafes. Private fishing by arrangement. Shops 6 miles, pubs 2½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. 3 steps up to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break, October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times, working farm). No smoking. NB: There is a river close to the property.

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£224-£815
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Annick Lodge Mains Ref: CC539019
This lovely, little courtyard cottage dates back to the 16th century and was formerly a farm steading before being used as the gardener’s cottage to the main estate house. The cottage sits in an oasis of calm within an enchanting spot and exudes that cosy, relaxing atmosphere that makes guests feel immediately at ease and in the holiday mood. The twin bedroom is both large and well presented and the light filled lounge the ideal spot for both daytime and evening relaxation. The cottage is very handy to many golf courses and within easy reach of Glasgow. The nearby coastal drive is beautiful and overlooks the islands of Arran and Cumbrae and out towards Bute and Kintyre in the distance.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has LPG central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With open fire, TV with DVD, dining table and chairs
Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, larder fridge, freezer and washing machine
Utility Room: With tumble dryer
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Bedroom 1: With twin beds
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi available. Small garden mainly laid to lawn. Storage for bikes, fishing rods, golf clubs etc. Off road parking spaces for 2 cars. Put-up-bed available at an additional charge of £25/wk. NB: Covered well in owner’s garden.

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£225-£380
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Auld Farmhouse Ref: CC539015
The Auld Farm House dates back 250 years and offers delightful holiday accommodation only 6 miles from Ayr and is perfectly placed for exploring everything that this wonderful area has to offer. From a magnificent coastline, to the Galloway Forest, to an array of culture, history and the arts, to a day at the races or even a day shopping at Belfast or Glasgow. And you can fly direct to the nearby Prestwick airport from Stanstead.   There are over 40 castles in Ayrshire and the jewel in the crown is Culzean Castle the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The setting is magnificent commanding stunning coastal views.
The Auld Farm House and Daisy Cottage (CC539016) can be booked individually or together to accommodate 11 guests making them suitable for the gathering of family and friends.

Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and comprises:
Sitting / dining room: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD, VCR and sofa bed (for +1) with large bay window
Lounge:  with feature electric fire and original shutters at both windows
Kitchen:  with gas cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1:  with double bed and en-suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds and shower enclosure.

All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Travel cot and high chair on request. Enclosed garden with patio area. £25 winter fuel supplement Oct-end Mar. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: This property is situated near to the A77.

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£285-£555
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Auchalton Toll Cottage Ref: CC539025
If this pretty lovingly restored cottage could talk it would have some fascinating tales to tell as it was originally a toll cottage on the old Ayr to Newton Stewart road and horse and carriage would have been the mode of transportation then. Nowadays Auchalton Toll Cottage sits in peaceful retirement within this pastoral valley. As a base it is simply marvellous with the stunning Ayrshire coast within a short drive; the magnificent Culzean Castle; the conservation village of Straiton and the glorious Galloway Park, the UK’s largest.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises;
Sitting/Dining Room: With wood burning stove and TV/DVD
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
Bedroom 1: With kin size zip n link bed - please state preference at time of booking
Bedroom 2: With two single beds
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power and bed linen included. Fist supply of fuel for wood burning stove provided. Water by natural springPatio area with garden furniture and BBQ, there is also a lawn area. Shed for storage of cycles and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: There is a rustic stone wall in the garden.

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£260-£425
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Holly Tree Cottage Ref: CC539020
Holly Tree Cottage is a delightful, cosy cottage set in the very pretty conservation village of Straiton, voted one of the ten Best Villages in Scotland and featured in the book ’The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland’, The village was also used as a location for the film ’The March’ due to its similarity to a typical Highland village. This former weaver’s cottage is some 200 years old and has been beautifully restored offering every comfort whilst still retaining its character. The relaxing ambience of this property and its open fire makes it an ideal romantic getaway or a superb holiday property for families.

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With large feature open fire, Free View and basic Sky package TV, DVD and CD player.
Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and hand built fitted wardrobes
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and views over patio and surrounding countryside.
Sitting Area/ Dressing Room: With chaise longue and wardrobe

Household and bed linen plus towels are provided along with a generous amount of logs for the fire. Travel cot, high chair and single temporary child bed available. Wifi available.South facing rear patio area with outdoor furniture. On street parking available. One well behaved pet welcome.

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£260-£425
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Grade 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
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.

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£300-£630
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Pines Ref: 26034

Panoramic views
Tranquil touring base

This detached holiday property situated on the banks of the River Ayr in private woodland makes a tranquil touring base for South West Scotland and Ayrshire, with unspoilt scenery and the River Ayr Way with panoramic views.
The hamlet of Failford is located just 2½ miles west of Mauchline, where the Water of Fail flows into the River Ayr. Nearby is the Ayr Gorge Woodlands Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scentific Interest which is well worth a visit. Explore the gardens, castles, country parks and Culzean Castle (NT Scotland), which are all available locally. Enjoy riding, racing and golf. Fishing rights on the River Ayr. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with French doors, 1 twin with French doors. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. 3 steps within the property.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone - honesty box. Enclosed lawned rear garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. 9-acre natural grounds and woodland. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden to river frontage. Sloping banks and steep drops to river in grounds.

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£351-£958
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Fairways Ref: 27995

Situated close to the Ayrshire coast, this detached holiday property is located on the edge of a golf course with access to the beach a mile away, and on to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The area is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit; Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen. Children’s playroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two satellite TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£281-£761
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Match Box Ref: CC539024
The Match Box is a cosy apartment for two within the fabulous holiday location of the North Ayrshire coast. Located within the tranquil village of Fairlie which is situated on the eastern shore of the Firth of Clyde and overlooks the Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes, the apartment offers snug and compact main living space yet has the benefit of a spacious bedroom leading out to a Juliet balcony affording sea views. The Match Box is superbly situated for exploring the myriad of islands off the coastline and the region’s many inland attractions.

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

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

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£210-£300
Shortlist
Grade 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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