Scottish Beauty with holiday Homes in Ayrshire and Arran

The Scottish countryside is simply stunning and it can be somewhat a difficult choice as to where to head. Choosing Ayrshire and Arran holiday accommodation presents breath taking scenery, a rich, colourful history and top notch outdoor activities. Self catering holiday rentals in Ayrshire and Arran are the experience you want them to be – whether you want a blood pumping, adrenaline rushing outdoor adventure, a culture fest or a gourmet journey through Scotland’s finest fresh produce – just go for it!

Choice a cottage inland or on the Clyde coast or opt for a delightful hideaway on the picturesque Isle of Arran.

Get up and get out

The vast countryside is just begging to be explored. Adventures to be had from Ayrshire and Arran holiday homes are on foot or bike, up mountain, down glen. The mountains are imposing and somewhat fearsome – check the weather and be prepared but the views are stunning. Trek or cycle by day and then find yourself a welcoming hostelry to enjoy some fine local fare and a warming wee dram or two.

Scotland is the home of golf and many people choose Ayrshire holiday accommodation for the world class courses. Prestwick, Troon and Turnberry have all hosted the British Open Championship and present an excellent challenge. There are also plenty of other courses for those who might be somewhat intimidated by the famous greens.

Authentically Scottish

This area is ripe with Scottish culture. From holiday rentals in Ayrshire and Arran you can access a wealth of noble manors and regal castles that stand guard over the rugged landscape. Notable sites to visit include the castles at Culzean and Brodick. Also in the area is the Burns Museum – dedicated to one of the most famous Scotsmen ever, and also the Vikangar Viking Centre which reminds us of the oft bloody past of this part of the world. The main tourist information centre in Ayr can provide the lowdown on the best places to visit.

Forget what you’ve heard about deep fried mars bars and pizza. Provincial Scottish food is deliciously fresh and hearty. You find surprisingly good food in little pubs tucked in villages clinging to valley sides or in tiny fishing communities along the coast. Seafood in particular is the finest you’ll find in the UK, and discovering just what the menu means is all part of the fun. Eat cock-a-leekie, tatties and neeps, Cullen skink and cranachan, and of course the infamous haggis.

Arran

If you have chosen holiday accommodation in Arran, you will find yourself on a charming island nestled in the skirts of the Ayrshire coastline. Dramatic with imposing mountains, beautiful antique villages, forests and lovely wild beaches, Arran is the place for a quiet, relaxing break in serene surroundings. Slow means fast on Arran, so be prepared for a sedate pace on the island.

The Scottish Weather

We all know about the vagaries of the British weather, well in Scotland expect even more changeability. One minute you can be basking in glorious sunshine, the next enshrouded in mist as it rolls in off the sea, or down from the mountains. But don’t let that put you off, simply pack the right gear and you can still enjoy what there is to offer with Ayrshire and Arran holiday homes.

Getting here

Once you arrive in the UK, it’s a short flight up to Prestwick airport. Or, you can fly into Glasgow, hire a car and drive through the glorious Scottish countryside.

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                                                              We booked Balvonie House to celebrate my Mother's 80th birthday and it was absolutely perfect

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                                                              Location of the house was perfect, easy access, fantastic views across to Bute and plenty parking for everyone's cars. We were really impressed with the size of the house and in particular the public rooms. The lounge was bright , beautifully furnished with great facilities; the large screen was perfect for the family film show! The Dining room was ideal with all 26 of the family able to sit down together and the space and facilities in the kitchen were perfect, great views over breakfast, even on the wet and misty mornings. All bedrooms, en suites and bathrooms were beautifully furnished and the overall space within the house was a real bonus We did use the wood burning stove but to be honest the central heating was more than sufficient and while the weather was a little inclement it didn't stop four of the family enjoying the hot tub. If I was to share some constructive feedback. We did find the one sink in what's an extremely large kitchen a restriction; it was a challenge when trying to wash crockery and prepare vegetables. The second point was the state of the lawn at the front of the house. Fortunately the weather meant we didn't really use the garden but I was disappointed that it was so muddy and really out of bounds for anyone (including the dog) without risking bringing in a lot of mud into the house. Its on that one point that I've marked down the overall condition. The Property Manager who met us was very pleasant and when my brother pointed out a few cracked window panes it was duly noted. We didn't have to contact her for anything although the alarm did go off for about 30 seconds on the Saturday evening and we never did get to the bottom of what had triggered it. In fact we weren't sure if it was a smoke or perimeter alarm but as it happened at 2:30 am in the morning everyone in the house was in bed, safe and it stopped very quickly. Overall it was a wonderful stay, my parents thoroughly enjoyed having everyone together and the entire family agreed it was perfect for the birthday celebration
                                                              • Review Submitted: 11/04/2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Apr 2016