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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Learig Cottage Ref: S4579

The delightful harbour village of Maidens, situated on the largely unexplored coastline of southwestern Scotland and just 1.5 miles from magnificent golf at Turnberry, is the enviable location for this lovingly restored fisherman’s bothy. This studio-style accommodation boasts its own private decked sitting-out area and is surrounded by the owners’ pretty garden, complete with pond, whilst the harbour, village green and coastline abundant with birdlife are almost on the doorstep. Close by, Culzean Castle is well worth a visit as are Souter Johnnie’s Cottage at Kirkoswald and the Burns National Heritage Centre at Alloway. Trips to the island of Arran depart from Ardrossan and day trips to Northern Ireland from Stranraer are easily possible. Troon is 20 miles. An excellent restaurant is within a short stroll and Maidens has a village shop.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Kitchen. Shower room and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. DVD. CD. M/wave. Shared garden. Patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and drops in garden.

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£278-£523
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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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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rosebud Ref: 30514

Set in the beautiful conservation village of Straiton, on the River Girvan, at the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, this traditional end-terraced holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring all that Ayrshire and south west Scotland have to offer. Great walking, cycling and fishing are available on the doorstep. Sandy beaches, famous golf courses, National Trust properties, one of which is Culzean Castle, and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum are all within half an hour. The county town of Ayr is just 16 miles, and cosmopolitan Glasgow is 50 miles. This is a wonderful year-round location, ideal for a romantic retreat or relaxing break. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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

Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (family package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area, furniture and summerhouse. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£228-£522
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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.

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£812-£2032
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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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house
Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

All on first floor: Living/dining room with Z-bed on request/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Ample parking.

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£219-£526
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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 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 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.

WAS
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£210-£300
Shortlist
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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