Dog-Friendly Holidays Ayrshire

Looking for a dog-friendly staycation stay in Ayrshire? Our selection of Ayrshire dog-friendly properties will give you the best options for you and your pooch to book into some luxury accommodation for that special getaway or family break. Located on the west coast of Scotland, Ayrshire is home to captivating countryside, sandy shores and historic towns. There are plenty of fabulous dog-friendly places to stay in Ayrshire, including super snug cottages in Ballantrae, Skelmorliem Girvan, Dunure and more.

  • South Steading, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    Skelmorlie, Scotland
    South Steading is located on a small farm, on the outskirts of West Kilbride; Scotland’s first accredited Craft Town. It’s been lovingly converted by the owners, with views overlooking the surrounding countryside, you can relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings whilst having village amenities only a short 5 min drive away.

    Converted by the owners, South Steadings is rich in character with traditional stone floors. All on one level, the barn offers a high standard of comfort throughout and is a great choice at any time of the year. Ideal for couples or families, there are three bedrooms with welcoming cosy beds, a king-size bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower room, a double room and a twin served by a stylish family bathroom with bath & shower over. The large open plan living/kitchen/diner is a great social space with a log burner to keep you warm whatever the weather!
    Perfect for families, there’s a large enclosed garden with Hot Tub, log cabin, plenty of toys/books to occupy the kids plus a travel cot & highchair available. Storage space for outdoor gear, bikes and kayaks in private barn storage. Dogs are most welcome who will also enjoy the enclosed garden, with an outside tap, ideal for giving them a bath or cool down!
    Just 2 miles from South Steading, is the pretty seaside town of West Kilbride with fantastic views across the water to Arran and surrounding islands. Designated Scotland’s first Craft Town, visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the village where they will find a range of cafes, mini galleries, a dedicated craft centre, pubs and gift shops. Also offering the more practical elements for your holiday such as a post office, small supermarkets and a railway station.
    Ayrshire is famous worldwide for golf and offers world class championship courses at Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick. The West Kilbride Golf Club offers a championship links course located in Seamill, 3 miles from the farm.
    Largs and Ardrossan are popular seaside towns, 8 miles and 7 miles away respectively, where there are watersports offered. Sandy beaches in Seamill. The Firth of Clyde has excellent sailing with yachting clubs and marinas at Ardrossan,Largs, Inverkip and Troon. There are also good opportunities for hill walking and mountain biking, field sports including horse riding, shooting and fishing. Visitors will enjoy visiting the historic castles at Portencross, Hunterston and Law Castle and enjoy the views from the local Tarbert Hill and Law Hill.
    Ferries from Ardrossan a short distance from the barn take you to isle of Arran and short ferry hop from Largs to the small island of Cumbrae to visit the only town on the island, Millport for an icecream or enjoy a cycle, 11miles around the whole island.
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  • Balig Cottage, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    Balig Cottage is a delightful and cosy cottage, offering the most amazing views of Ailsa Craig from the garden and kitchen. You will certainly know you have arrived in Scotland once you open the door and step into the cosy living room, with its eye-catching feature wallpaper depicting a life size stag, and warm tartan walls.
    Balig Cottages is situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal route with stunning views and scenery, the perfect location for walkers. With a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals, and is a haven for bird watchers. The cottage is available all year round and is in the perfect position for access to all the local sporting estates in the local area for shooting and fishing, two kennels are also available for working dogs.
    Just a mile away from Balig Cottages, Ballantrae is a pretty village overlooked by the ruins of Ardstinchar Castle, and guests will find plenty of opportunities for fishing nearby. During the summer months the village hosts a variety of events. The seaside town of Girvan, boasting a harbour and leisure centre with a swimming pool, is only 11 miles up the coast where you can take a boat trip to the famous Ailsa Craig, a small Island upon which ‘blue hone’ micro granite is quarried to make curling stones. The island is now a bird sanctuary and home to more than 70,000 birds including gannets, guillemots and puffins.
    Inland there are a number of wonderful gardens and castles to visit, horse riding to enjoy and a choice of golf courses available. Culzean Castle, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, is spectacular and is one of Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attractions. The surrounding country park, extending over 550 acres, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. The islands of Arran and Cumbrae are easily accessed and make for a lovely day out, while day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan. The local community pub only opens at weekends in winter and please do check the location as we are 15 miles each way to the nearest town for the supermarkets for a big shop,
    please keep this in mind its a place to get way from it all not to be in the middle of town. Beach 1½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
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  • Muirston Farmhouse, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay ImageNew In Overlay Image
    Muirston Farmhouse is situated in the Ayrshire countryside on a working beef and sheep farm, yet private and relaxing. There is a Cotswold Eco Log Burning hot tub at the front of the property and the farmhouse has fantastic elevated views over the rolling fields to the sea and Arran beyond but still within an easy drive to local amenities. Ayrshire’s famous golf courses are a short drive away with good road links.
    With four bedrooms there is plenty of space for guests to spread out and a large kitchen and dining room to enjoy a meal together after a day exploring. Ayrshire also known as ‘Burns’ Country’ is steeped in tradition and history. Visit Burns Cottage, The Burns Memorial Museum, and the Brig o’ Doon, the bridge from the famous poem Tam o Shanter. Ayrshire’s famous golf courses are all within a short drive. Children will be well entertained at the award winning Ayr Farm Park and the local beach parks, soft play areas, cinema, ten pin bowling and Craufordland Treetop Trials.
    The area is steeped in history with many ruined castles to explore, such as Dunure, Turnberry, and Greenan. A visit and tour to Culzean Castle, designed by Robert Adams and truly one of his masterpieces, is one not to be missed with its dramatic clifftop location. Also worth a visit is the 18th-century Dumfries House, part of the Prince’s Foundation which is home to an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. The 2000-acre estate has been beautifully designed with stunning walks throughout the grounds and is only a short drive away. Auchinleck House, home to the Boswell family is also a few miles away. Trelaw is also close to Ayrshire’s popular wedding venues.
    The Galloway Forest Park is only a 30-minute drive away and is Britain’s largest forest park with 300 square miles of wild beauty waiting to be explored. The park boasts tranquil valleys, rugged rock faces, forest, moorland, lochs, and ancient woodland, and a huge diversity of wildlife including red and roe deer, wild goats, and many birds of prey. The park has also been awarded the status of one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the Western world and when the sun sets enthusiasts come to wonder at the universe revealed above. Muirston has access to the owners private course fishing loch and can also be used for paddle boarding. Horse riding, Blackstone Clydesdale Experience, Hannahston Alpaca’s and golf are also close by. There is plenty of country walks and cycling in the local area.
    The pretty seaside towns of Prestwick and Troon are also close by and there are very good rail links for a trip to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow and also historic Edinburgh. The islands of Cumbrae, Arran, and Bute are all easily reached for a day out while day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is just over an hour’s drive and is well worth a visit.
    Muirston can be booked together with Trelaw (UK41532) to accommodate up to 14 people.
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  • Woodlands Lodge, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay ImageNew In Overlay Image
    This light and airy lodge has a wraparound deck, perfect for relaxing after a day’s exploring. Situated in the south of Ayrshire countryside within the Lagganhouse Country Park, with children’s play area and swimming pool, which can be bookable in 45-minute sessions for private use, makes it a perfect break for young families. Only a couple of miles away from the town of Ballantrae, situated on the Ayrshire coastal path, has a small harbour, long stretch of beach and a local pub with food and drink. The village has a shop, small supermarket, post office, thrift shop and a petrol station.
    The town of Girvan is only 10-minutes away and boat trips can be taken out to Ailsa Craig to watch the nesting birds or for fishing trips. The town also has shops and a leisure centre with swimming pool. Ayrshire, also known as "Burns’ Country," is steeped in tradition and history. Visit Burns Cottage, The Burns Memorial Museum, and the Brig o’ Doon, the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’ Shanter. The area is steeped in history with many ruined castles to explore, such as Dunure, Turnberry and Greenan. A visit and tour to Culzean Castle, designed by Robert Adams and truly one of his masterpieces, is one not to be missed with its dramatic clifftop location. Also worth a visit is the 18th century Dumfries House, part of the Princes Foundation which is home to an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. The 2000-acre estate has been beautifully designed with stunning walks throughout the grounds.
    The pretty seaside towns of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon are also close by and rail links for a trip to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow and also historic Edinburgh. The islands of Cumbrae, Arran and Bute are all easily reached for a day out while day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan.
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  • Sunset, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    Skelmorlie, Scotland
    This spacious ground floor apartment is located only yards from the sea and is situated in a quiet, leafy, tree-lined street, just a short walk to the town centre and all its amenities. Largs is a lovely coastal town with plenty of pubs, restaurants, cafés and shops and has an excellent train line to Glasgow for a day out. The islands of Cumbrae, Arran and Bute are all easily reached and well worth a visit or take the ferry over to Dunoon from Gourock and explore the magic of the Cowal Peninsula and Argyll’s ‘Secret Coast’, filled with hidden lochs and mystical glens. The Argyll Forest, part of the simply gorgeous Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, can be accessed here and has numerous forest tracks, marked walks, cycle ways and wonderful waterfalls to explore.
    Largs is situated on the Ayrshire Coastal path with a stunning backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters, and seals and is a haven for bird watchers. Ayrshire is steeped in history with many ruined castles and seaside villages to explore, is also known as ’Burns’ Country’, and is steeped in tradition and history. Visit Burns Cottage, The Burns Memorial Museum, and the Brig o’ Doon, the bridge from the famous poem, ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. Kelburn Castle is on the doorstep and has lots of activities and forest walks, while further up the coast is Culzean Castle, designed by Robert Adams and truly one of his masterpieces, one not to be missed with its dramatic clifftop location. Also worth a visit is the 18th-century Dumfries House, part of the Prince’s Foundation which is home to an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. The 2000-acre estate has been beautifully designed with stunning walks throughout the grounds. The Vanduara hotel which is situated on Largs promenade to the north was used by Lord Mountbatten with a lot of high ranking military personnel to plan the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944. please look up Largs Heritage Trail for inspiration.
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  • River View, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    Girvan, Scotland
    Surrounded by beautiful scenery and away from the beaten track, Riverside Cottage in Barr offers a haven for wildlife and a welcome retreat to those seeking to unwind. There are many walking trails locally, of differing lengths and terrains, perfect for those out for a stroll or more challenging hikes for keen walkers and ramblers. The area has recently been awarded status as a UNESCO Biosphere and celebrates an environment that is wild and challenging, yet rich in diversity with flora and fauna to delight the naturalist, a haven for wildlife. For cyclists, the area lies on the Ayrshire Alps, a challenging 80-mile cycle route through great scenery, lovely villages and quiet roads. The town of Girvan is only a 15-minute drive away and boat trips can be taken out to Ailsa Craig to watch the nesting birds or for fishing trips. The town also has shops and a leisure centre with a swimming pool.
    Ayrshire is steeped in history, with many ruined castles to explore, such as Dunure, Turnberry and Greenan Castle and all lie on the Ayrshire coastal path, a 100-mile coastal walk with a superb background of the mountains of the Isle of Arran. Also known as ‘Burns’ Country’, is steeped in tradition and history. Visit Burns Cottage, The Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’ Doon, the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’ Shanter. A visit and tour of Culzean Castle Estate are one not to be missed with its dramatic clifftop location, as is a trip to the 18th-century Dumfries House, home to an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. The 2000-acre estate has been beautifully designed with stunning walks throughout the grounds. The islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran are easily reached for a day out and are well worth the effort.
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  • Corner Cottage, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    Situated in the coastal town of Girvan on the west coast of Scotland, Corner Cottage is just minutes from the town’s sandy beach and has amazing views over the sea. The sunsets are something to behold and the beach is just a stone’s throw away. The town of Girvan has shops, restaurants, leisure centre, swimming pool, children’s play area and golf course. Why not book a boat trip from Girvan harbour out to Ailsa Craig to see the nesting birds or book a fishing trip. Girvan also has great train links to Ayr and Glasgow, perfect for a day out if you want to leave the car behind.

    Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, with over 100 miles of coastline to walk, the area has a stunning backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde. This coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers. The world-famous Turnberry golf course and resort is a 5-minute drive away where you can enjoy a round of golf and fine dining, or indulge in the relaxing spa. There is a lovely spa at Pebbles where day spas can be booked, which is only a 5-minute drive away. Turnberry has a beautiful sandy beach where you can walk to the Turnberry Lighthouse for coffee or a spot of lunch, or on to the pretty harbour village of Maidens and walk along the beach up into the National Trust Culzean Castle estate with its dramatic clifftop walks, a swan pond and beautiful gardens.

    Ayrshire also known as ‘Burns’ Country’, is steeped in tradition and history. Visit Burns Cottage, The Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’ Doon, the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’ Shanter. The area has many ruined castles to explore such as Dunure and Greenan. A visit to Culzean Castle, designed by Robert Adams and truly one of his masterpieces, is not to be missed with its dramatic clifftop location. Also worth a visit is the 18th-century Dumfries House, part of the Prince’s Foundation and home to an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. The 2000-acre estate has been beautifully designed with stunning walks throughout the grounds.

    The Galloway Forest Park is a 40-minute drive away and is Britain’s largest forest park with 300 square miles of wild beauty waiting to be explored. The park boasts tranquil valleys, rugged rock faces, forest, moorland, lochs and ancient woodland and a huge diversity of wildlife including red and roe deer, wild goats and many birds of prey. The park has also been awarded the status of one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the western world and when the sun sets enthusiasts come to wonder at the universe revealed above.

    The pretty seaside towns of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon are also close by and the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and Bute are all easily reached for a day out while day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are just over an hour’s drive and are well worth a visit. Beach 50 yards. Pub and restaurant 350 yards.
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  • Miners Cottage, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    Situated in the coastal town of Girvan on the west coast of Scotland, Miner’s Cottage is just minutes from the town’s sandy beach which has the most amazing views over the sea to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. The sunsets are something to behold and the beach is large and sandy. The town of Girvan has shops, restaurants, and a leisure centre with swimming pool, children’s play area and golf course. If you fancy something a bit different, you can book a boat trip from Girvan harbour out to Ailsa Craig to see the nesting birds or book a fishing trip. Girvan also has great train links to the towns of Ayr and Stranraer and onwards to the city of Glasgow - perfect for a day out if you want to leave the car behind. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, with over 100 miles of coastline to walk, the area has a stunning backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers.
    The world famous Turnberry Golf Course and resort is only a 5-minute drive away where you can enjoy a round of golf, fine dining or indulge in the stunning spa. There is also a lovely spa at Pebbles where day spas can be booked, which is again only a 5-minute drive from Girvan. Turnberry beach is a beautiful sandy beach where you can walk along to the Turnberry lighthouse for a coffee or a spot of lunch or continue on to the pretty harbour village of Maidens where you can walk along the beach and up into the National Trust Culzean Castle estate with its dramatic clifftop walks, swan pond and beautiful gardens. Ayrshire, also known as ‘Burns’ Country’ is steeped in tradition and history. Visit Burns Cottage, The Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’ Doon, the bridge from the famous poem, Tam o’ Shanter. The area is steeped in history with many ruined castles to explore, such as Dunure and Greenan.
    A visit and tour to Culzean Castle, designed by Robert Adams and truly one of his masterpieces, is one not to be missed with its dramatic clifftop location. Also worth a visit is the 18th-century Dumfries House, part of the Prince’s Foundation which is home to an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. The 2000-acre estate has been beautifully designed with stunning walks throughout the grounds. The Galloway Forest Park is only a 40-minute drive away and is Britain’s largest forest park with 300 square miles of wild beauty waiting to be explored. The park boasts tranquil valleys, rugged rock faces, forest, moorland, lochs and ancient woodland and a huge diversity of wildlife including red and roe deer, wild goats and many birds of prey. The park has also been awarded the status of one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the western world and when the sun sets enthusiasts come to wonder at the universe revealed above. Glentrool (the nearest visitor centre) is one of the Scottish forestry commission’s 7-Stanes cycle routes. The pretty seaside towns of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon are also close by and the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and Bute are all easily reached for a day out while day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is just over an hour’s drive and is well worth a visit. Beach less than 1 mile..
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  • Trelaw, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    Ayr, Scotland
    Trelaw is a spacious detached cottage with large enclosed gardens and its very own private hot tub to relax in after a day of exploring. The owner even provides robes and slippers for your comfort and convenience. There is a private fishing loch on the owner’s land which guests are free to use, and the loch is also great for paddle boarding (bring your own boards), and quiet country walks around the farm. There is also an outside bath for your small pet, perfect for their muddy paws, and a hot/cold tap. Horse riders are well catered for as there are riding stables 2 miles away. Outdoor games are available that can be used in good weather conditions such as outdoor table tennis, swing ball, putting mat, kids slide, trike, netball hoop/stand, kids fishing net, croquet set, Quoits set, and cricket set, and there are many walking and cycling routes in the immediate area. For the little guests there are robes, a kids’ welcome pack, a child’s table & chairs, a child’s bathroom step, a cot, a high chair, and board games.
    Ayrshire, also known as ’Burns’ Country’ is steeped in tradition and history. Visit Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum, and the Brig o Doon, the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’ Shanter. The area offers many ruined castles to explore, such as Dunure, Turnberry, and Greenan. A visit and tour to Culzean Castle, designed by Robert Adams and truly one of his masterpieces, is one not to be missed with its dramatic clifftop location. Also worth a visit is the 18th-century Dumfries House, part of the Prince’s Foundation which is home to an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture. The 2000-acre estate has been beautifully designed with stunning walks throughout the grounds along with several children’s play areas. Auchinleck House, the former home of the renowned biographer James Boswell, where he indulged his penchant for "old laird and family ideas". The house is an 18th-century mansion and is currently managed by the Landmark Trust which has open days. Boswell Coach House is within the grounds and visitors are welcome to walk around the estate. The estate has been inhabited since the 13th century, and the remains of Auchinleck Castle and Auchinleck Old House stand on the estate. The Barony A Frame is a preserved headgear located 2 kilometres west of Auchinleck. 180 feet high, it was built in 1954 as part of the modernisation of the Barony Colliery, which opened in 1907.
    The Galloway Forest Park is only a 30-minute drive away and is Britain’s largest forest park with 300 square miles of wild beauty waiting to be explored. The park boasts tranquil valleys, rugged rock faces, forest, moorland, loch, and ancient woodland, and a huge diversity of wildlife including red and roe deer, wild goats, and many birds of prey. The park has also been awarded the status of one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the Western world and when the sun sets, enthusiasts come to wonder at the universe revealed above.
    There is also the Glasgow School of Art designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Willow Tea Rooms, and House for Art Lovers. The pretty seaside towns of Prestwick and Troon are also close by and there are very good rail links for a trip to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow and also historic Edinburgh.
    The islands of Cumbrae, Arran, and Bute are all easily reached for a day out while day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is just over an hour’s drive and is well worth a visit.
    The property is also close to Ayr Racecourse, Loch Doon Ospreys, TreeTop Trials on Craufordland Estate, and close to award-winning Ayrshire golf courses and garden centres with good road links. Other activities and attractions include Blackstone Clydesdale Experience, 10 miles, Hannahston Alpacas, 3 miles, Ayr’s Award Winning Farm Park, 15 miles, ten-pin bowling, and a cinema are 12 miles away in Ayr and there is an open-air pool at New Cumnock which is part of Dumfries House. The property is also a short drive to the west coast beaches of Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Croy, Dunure, Maidens, Turnberry, and Girvan, where you can hire a boat over to the Ailsa Craig, or walk to the Turnberry Lighthouse.
    Trelaw can be booked together with Muirston farmhouse (Uk44977) to accommodate up to 14 people.
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  • Fiddlers Rest, AyrshireInstant Book Overlay Image
    This first floor apartment is located in the charming village of Ballantrae, only a 100 yards from the beach and harbour. Ballantrae has a local shop a short stroll away. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a fantastic 100 mile walking route set along the beautiful Ayrshire coast, with views to the mountains of Arran and across the Firth of Clyde. This coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals, and is a haven for bird watchers. Fly fishing may be available by prior arrangement.
    Heading north, the seaside town of Girvan with its harbour and leisure centre with a swimming pool, is only a 15-minute drive away and boat trips can be taken out to Ailsa Craig to see the varied birdlife. The towns of Ayr, Troon and Prestwick are all good for a day out, with plentiful restaurants, shops and bars. Heading further up the coast, ferries can be taken over to the islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily accessible for a day out. Further south, you will find Stranraer situated at the head of Loch Ryan. The town has an array of shops and there are plenty of places to dine out. There are many castles and gardens to visit as well as lovely harbour villages including Portpatrick and Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly point at the Mull of Galloway.
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