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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
Bridge Cottage Ref: W42836

Situated in the village of Pinwherry this charming holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the Galloway Forest Park, and is ideal for walkers and cyclists. Discover sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages, and with its famously mild climate and the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens. For the more active visitor, world class mountain biking at Kirroughtree ’7 stanes’ and walking to suit all levels. Sea, river and loch fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Freeview TV. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden, sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

WAS
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£202-£619
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Smithy Cottage Ref: CC539030
Staying at Smithy Cottage is a perfect excuse to discover the unique and special experiences which make a holiday in North Ayrshire a great choice. It can be three different holidays all rolled into one. A short drive from the glorious city of Glasgow; the beautiful coastline is just down the road and the cottage is set within pastoral countryside; the choice is yours. Dating back to the Victorian era, this friendly cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation. The National Cycle Network 7 passes by the front door and from here you can link to Network 73 cycling to Ardrossan and Largs, where it is possible to board the ferry to Arran and Cumbrae. To experience the real Ayrshire, put on your walking boots and take to the paths where you will see historic castles and ancient monuments. The walk to the summit of Baidlandhill offers a superb panorama across the Firth of Clyde and is well worth the 1000ft climb. Ayrshire’s landscapes are so varied, ranging from lush rolling hillsides to white sandy shores, majestic craggy cliffs and caves, dramatic moorlands and magnificent seascapes with the beautiful islands as a backdrop. The Isle of Arran offers a Highlands in miniature from wildlife and views and challenging mountains for the intrepid, to rich heritage, ancient stones and the island’s own distillery and brewery. The Cathedral of the Isles on Great Cumbrae is Britain’s smallest cathedral. The vibrant city of Glasgow offers so many exciting possibilities. However, it has a natural side, as Glasgow translates from the Gaelic as ’deer green place’. The city has many beautiful park and gardens. As a former European Capital of Culture you will be amazed at the highlands on offer. The Burrell Collection has an astonishing array of beautiful objects from around the world and the city also bears testament to Charles Rennie Mackintosh - one of its greatest and most famous sons. There is also the world renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There really is something for every taste and age and as a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow hosts a wide programme of events throughout the year. Glasgow offers some of the best shopping in the UK from flagship stores to a veritable treasure trove of boutiques and antique shops. For foodies the city is home to many cosmopolitan restaurants where the menus are full of delicious, fresh and local produce. There is a fantastic range of modern pubs and bars where you can enjoy the atmosphere as well as the chance to create your very own blend of whisky at the Glengoyne Distillery.

Ground Floor: Property is mainly on one level has electric panel heating and comprises:
Lounge/Dining/Kitchen
Lounge Area
: With Freeview TV/DVD and sofa bed (for +2)
Dining Area: With dining furniture
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
Rear Hall: With washer/dryer
Bedroom 1: With double bed with views to front over countryside
Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Occasional sitting room with limited head height

All power, bed linen and towels includedGarden seat. Off road parking for 2 cars. There is a hot tub for your sole user, it is situated in the shared garden.

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£300-£630
Shortlist
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
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£306-£720
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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 with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. 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.

WAS
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£216-£749
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Stinchar running behind, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views and wonderful hill and loch walks direct from the door. An ideal area for walkers, golfers and cyclists with quiet back roads and Forestry trails leading deep into the countryside and on to the Galloway Hills. Salmon fishing on the river can be arranged in season and sea fishing trips can be arranged from Girvan Harbour. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Large well-equipped kitchen/living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Sitting room with TV and door to garden. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room (double cubicle) with toilet and tiled floor.

  • Wood-burning stove included
  • Electricity, oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), solar panels, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 500-acres of natural, unspoilt grounds
  • No smoking
  • NB: Sloping banks and fenced river in grounds

WAS
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£300-£1051
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
Shortlist
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.

WAS
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£224-£815
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Harbour Pointe Ref: W42823

Situated near restaurants, shops and the sandy beach of Ayr, this town centre apartment is an ideal holiday base for exploring the beautiful countryside. Harbour Pointe is situated in a picturesque riverside location with stunning sea views. Culzean Castle with its country park is a popular tourist attraction with wooded trails passing along the beach. Ayrshire offers villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore with the Ayrshire Coastal Path spanning 100 miles. Inland there is walking, cycling, castles and gardens, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including Turnberry. Day trips to Ireland from Stranraer and Troon, Glasgow and Edinburgh within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Lift to entrance. All on fourth floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Sea is 10 yards away.

WAS
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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Stinchar running close by, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside. The picturesque village of Barr is just 3 miles away, with a small shop and a pub with excellent restaurant. An ideal area for walkers and cyclists with quiet back roads and Forestry Commission trails taking you deep into the countryside and onto the Galloway hills. Close by is the newly opened Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£264-£671
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Tigh na Mara Ref: 27085

This traditional, semi-detached beachfront holiday cottage has spectacular views of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre with direct access onto a sandy beach and the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to the traditional seaside town of Ayr, 10 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 250 yards.

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

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Windygates Ref: SVVV

This exclusive holiday apartment, with stunning views over the sea towards Arran is situated in the seaside town of Troon, overlooking the famous Royal Troon. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path the property is only 300 yards from the beautiful sandy beach. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, a promenade and yacht marina and is ideal to explore south west Scotland and the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are within easy driving distance. Shop 1½ miles, pub/hotels within 500 yards.

First floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French doors to balcony, open plan with kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wooden floors throughout. Second floor: Twin bedroom with Juliet balcony, Velux window and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared lawned garden
  • Balcony and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

WAS
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£263-£840
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Balnowlart Lodge Ref: 29760


This lovely, little, detached holiday lodge has a superb position overlooking the verdant valleys running down to the meandering River Stinchar. Sitting quietly for over 100 years, this pretty lodge is just the ticket for exploring this beautiful area just 2 miles from the stunning Ayrshire coast. Boasting an open fire for those cooler evenings, this is a perfect destination whatever time of 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. Why not hop on a ferry to Ireland for a memorable day trip or take a trip on the Waverley the World’s last seagoing paddle steamer. For history buffs, why not visit Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. With its sumptuous interiors and magnificent furnishings, all set in two thousand acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages. The house has been described as an 18th century time-capsule as the principal rooms and their contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years. This is a golfing haven, with the famous Turnberry course just a half hour’s drive along the dramatic coastline. The River Stinchar offers excellent fishing opportunities together with delightful riverside walks. The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and is an official Dark Sky Park offering the most incredible opportunity to view the night sky in all its glory. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with laminate floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Economy 7 central heating included (£25per week November 2014-Easter 2015) (£30per week October-April thereafter). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. NB: Steps in garden.

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£225-£667
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