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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
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Prospecthill Ref: 26865

This beautiful, spacious, semi-detached Victorian holiday villa has been lovingly restored and is set in the village of Skelmorlie, 6 miles from the seaside resort of Largs. Ideally located within a mile of the sea, and within easy driving distance of visitor attractions, riding, golf, watersports, cycle tracks and fishing. In the summer enjoy a trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer. Further down the coast are castles and sandy beaches. Shop and pub 500 yards, restaurant less than 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/conservatory. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin (one bed 5ft 8in long). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Selection of books and games. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 35 yards.

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£336-£1161
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Cottage Ref: 17725

Set within the quiet Ayrshire countryside on a working farm this attractive spacious farm house makes a great holiday base to explore the varied coastline, rocky hill walks and beautiful views to the Isle of Arran. Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) is well worth a visit. There are fishing and boat trips from Girvan, 3 miles. Excellent golf with Turnberry, 10 minutes away. Ayr, 18 miles has good shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Glasgow/Prestwick Airport, 24 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French door and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. Games room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with summer house, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with table football. Two pets welcome free of charge (working farm). No smoking.

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£288-£789
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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 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
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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
Shortlist
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
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 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.

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£216-£749
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Brig of Tig Cottage Ref: W43218

This semi-detached holiday cottage boasts river and woodland walks direct from the door. Close to the Ayrshire coastal Path, the area is bursting with history and wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals. Ideally Located to explore Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, with walking, fishing, golf and cycling, villages and historic attractions. Ireland can be reached from Stranraer with Glasgow & Edinburgh easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with Velux, 1 twin with additional pull-out single (for alternative sleeping).

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7, electric heaters and electricity included (£25per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River in garden, 25 yards.

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£309-£771
Shortlist
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.

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£202-£619
Shortlist
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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