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Arran Hills

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Arran Hills sits in an ideal location in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside, near the west coast of Scotland.
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Bennane Shore Holiday Park nestles on the beautiful Ayrshire coast on 1 mile of private coastline.
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Crofthead

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Peacefully situated amidst beautiful Ayrshire countryside, yet just 2 miles from the fabulous amenities of bustling Ayr, this friendly and relaxing park offers a perfect base for exploring Scotland’s glorious south west.
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Escape to the ultimate luxury retreat at Dundonald Links. Our newly opened resort in 2021 offers an unforgettable Scottish experience, combining exquisite accommodations with world-class amenities.
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Gadgirth Estate Lodges

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Gadgirth Estate Luxury Lodges is is part of our exclusive Autograph Luxury Holiday Home and Lodge Breaks Collection. Situated in a scenic location on the edge of the river Ayr.
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Galloway Cottages

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Galloway Cottages is part of our Daisy Door Cottage Style Collection, beautifully located in the heart of Galloway, just a stone’s throw from picturesque Wigtown Bay, and surrounded by a ’hidden secret’ landscape that boasts some of the finest scenery in Scotland.
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Heads of Ayr Holiday Park

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Heads of Ayr Holiday Park is a wonderful choice for a peaceful, relaxing holiday and an excellent base for exploring the breath-taking scenery, beaches, and many activities for all ages.
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Nestled in a tranquil South Ayrshire valley with panoramic views of the idyllic countryside and rolling hills that surround it, Landal Brunston is itself set in 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.
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Mary Queen of Scots is said to have stopped to rest here while fleeing defeat at the battle of Langside and just a few miles away at Dundrennan, is where she took her last steps on Scottish soil before sailing to England.
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Set in the wonderful rural and scenic location of Dumfries & Galloway, Sandgreen Holiday Park sits right on the coast with its own private sandy beach. Offering stunning sea views across Fleet Bay.
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Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, installed in the scenic countryside of Sundrum, Scotland, offers a delightful escape with a variety of activities and amenities for a fun-filled family holiday.
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Set in a wonderful rural and scenic location, The Pond holiday park looks out to the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway.
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Ayrshire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Ayrshire, a gem on Scotland's west coast, where rugged landscapes meet the sea. Savour the local flavours at seaside eateries, serving up fresh seafood and traditional Scottish fare. Get your heart racing with outdoor pursuits like golfing at world-renowned courses or exploring the scenic trails of the Galloway Forest Park. Ayrshire's also the birthplace of poet Robert Burns, adding a touch of literary heritage to your visit. For a truly memorable stay, opt for a lodge or cabin, ideal for couples, families, or a group of friends eager to create lasting memories in this picturesque region.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Ayrshire?

Ayrshire, a gem on Scotland's west coast, is a blend of coastal charm and rural retreat. It's a place where the whispers of Robert Burns' poetry still linger in the air. In 2024, Ayrshire's upping its game with fresh attractions and a calendar brimming with events, including the vibrant Burns an' a' that! Festival celebrating the national poet. Choosing a lodge over a hotel? You're signing up for privacy, space, and a slice of the great outdoors right on your doorstep. Ayrshire's uniqueness lies in its blend of picturesque landscapes, historic castles, and golfing excellence – it's the birthplace of The Open Championship after all!

If you're visiting Ayrshire with kids

Absolutely, Ayrshire's a winner for families. The Heads of Ayr Farm Park is a must-visit, with animals, play areas, and activities that'll tire out the little ones. The Scottish Maritime Museum offers interactive exhibits, while the beaches provide sandcastle-building and paddling opportunities. Lodges offer families flexibility, space, and often come with amenities like games rooms or outdoor play areas. Plus, you're never far from nature's playground.

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing – layers are key!
  2. Sturdy footwear for exploring.
  3. Beach gear – buckets, spades, and swimsuits.
  4. Outdoor toys – frisbees, footballs.
  5. Child-friendly sunscreen and hats.
  6. Any must-have bedtime comforts or routines.
  7. Travel-sized board games for cosy evenings in.

Pet Friendly Ayrshire Adventures

Ayrshire rolls out the red carpet for pets. With wide-open spaces and welcoming spots like The Waterfront in Ayr or Sorn Inn, you won't struggle to find a place to relax with your furry friend. When booking, look for lodges with enclosed gardens to keep your pooch safe. Always keep a leash handy for areas with livestock and remember to pack the essentials – doggy bags, food, and a favourite toy.

Dog walking ideas in Ayrshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Culzean Castle Country Park Varies Coastal & Woodland KA19 8LE
Ayr Seafront 2 Beach & Promenade KA7 1DU
Eglinton Country Park Up to 4 Lakes & Gardens KA12 8TA
Girvan to Maidens 4.5 Coastal Path KA26 9NQ
Troon Beach 2 Beach & Dunes KA10 6EG

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Ayrshire's lodges offer the perfect escape. Picture this: you and your partner, secluded in a cosy lodge, perhaps with a bottle of bubbly and a pamper pack waiting. Many lodges here cater to couples, providing those extra touches that make a stay special. For instance, Turnberry Lodges offer spa experiences that'll have you both relaxed in no time. Dining out is a treat too, with local restaurants serving up intimate atmospheres and delicious food. And let's not forget the hot tubs – available at many lodges, including Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, they're a must for a romantic evening under the stars.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Ayrshire is a haven for foodies, with its fresh seafood and famed Ayrshire potatoes. For a taste of local flavour, try the haggis or fresh Loch Fyne oysters. When it comes to dining, The Sorn Inn is a gem for couples, offering a cosy setting and scrumptious dishes. Families should check out Scott's Bar & Restaurant at Troon Yacht Haven – it's got a great menu and views to match. For a true taste of Ayrshire, you can't beat the local pubs, with The Black Bull in Tarbolton standing out for its friendly vibe and hearty meals.

For a good night out

Ayrshire's nightlife might surprise you – it's lively and diverse. Start your evening with a pint at The Twa Dugs, a favourite among locals for its great selection of ales and live music nights. For something more upscale, Vinyl offers a chic cocktail experience. And if you're after a night of dancing, Furys in Ayr is the go-to club. Whether you're looking for a quiet drink or a full-on party, Ayrshire's got you covered.

Fishing

Anglers, rejoice! Ayrshire's rivers and lochs are teeming with fish. Here's a quick list of top spots:

  • Springwater Fishery - KA6 5HW
  • Loch Doon - KA6 7QE
  • River Ayr - Various access points
  • Pinbraid Fishery - KA26 9QF
  • Ayrshire Trout Fishery - KA6 6AW

Each offers a unique fishing experience, from the tranquillity of loch fishing to the challenge of river angling.

Outdoor Adventures

For the thrill-seekers, Ayrshire's activity centres like Heads of Ayr Farm Park offer everything from quad biking to archery. Watersports enthusiasts should head to Scottish Sailing Institute at Largs, where you can try sailing, windsurfing, and more. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £20-£50 for most activities. Check ahead for seasonal opening times, but generally, summer is your best bet for the full range of activities.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Lorenzo's Boutique Designer Clothes & Accessories KA7 1NS
Ayr Central Shopping Centre High Street Brands KA7 1TP
Byres Road Local Crafts Handmade Gifts & Art KA18 3AB
The Gaiety Theatre Entertainment Show Souvenirs & Memorabilia KA7 1NU
Alloway Village Shop Specialty Scottish Gifts & Produce KA7 4PQ

Whether you're after high street shopping or unique local finds, Ayrshire's shopping scene won't disappoint. Ayr Central offers a range of familiar brands, while boutiques like Lorenzo's provide a more exclusive experience. For unique Scottish souvenirs, Alloway Village Shop is your go-to.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Ayrshire

Crofthead, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 5 minutes (2.89 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Crofthead is a serene retreat nestled in the Ayrshire countryside, offering luxurious lodges with modern amenities, including outdoor hot tubs, spacious living areas, and stylish interiors, ensuring a comfortable and tranquil stay.

Who will love these lodges? Crofthead is ideal for families, couples, and groups seeking a peaceful getaway. With its award-winning Burns Centre and nearby Heads of Ayr Farm Park, it's a haven for history buffs and families alike. The lack of pet-friendly options, however, means it's best suited for those without furry friends.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy a coffee lounge, play areas, 18-hole crazy golf, and nature walks. For dining and entertainment, bustling Ayr is just 2 miles away, offering a variety of eateries and shopping options.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Burns Centre and Dunure Castle ruins. Heads of Ayr Farm Park is also close by, offering a fun-filled day for families. Ayr's sandy beach and public golf courses are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, all within a short drive.

Accommodation options: Crofthead offers a range of stylish lodges for couples and groups, with options sleeping up to 8 guests. While pets are not allowed in most lodges, the Carrick View Lodge 3 Spa and Carrick View Lodge 4 Spa welcome two pets each, making them ideal for pet owners.


Gadgirth Estate Lodges, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 9 minutes (4.67 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Gadgirth Estate Lodges offer an exclusive Autograph Luxury Holiday Home and Lodge Breaks Collection, featuring stunning river views, private hot tubs, and beautifully appointed lodges with wood burning stoves and modern amenities.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for families, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts, Gadgirth Estate Lodges provide a luxurious base for exploring the Scottish outdoors. The Holly Lodge's pet-friendly policy makes it a great choice for those with pets.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can relax in their private hot tubs, enjoy the BBQ House, or take leisurely strolls along the countryside. The estate's tranquil setting is perfect for unwinding and reconnecting with nature.

What's nearby? The bustling town of Ayr is a 15-minute drive away, offering beaches, eateries, and bars. The scenic coastal villages and towns of Ayrshire are also within easy reach for day trips and exploration.

Accommodation options: The lodges at Gadgirth Estate cater to couples and small groups, with the Holly Lodge welcoming up to two pets. Each lodge boasts luxurious interiors and amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay.


Heads of Ayr Holiday Park, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 16 minutes (8.72 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Heads of Ayr Holiday Park is a peaceful sanctuary offering a variety of modern lodges and holiday homes, some with hot tubs and coastal views, making it an excellent base for exploring Ayrshire's natural beauty.

Who will love these lodges? With attractions like Culzean Castle and sandy beaches nearby, this park is perfect for families, history enthusiasts, and beachgoers. Pet-friendly options make it welcoming for those with a furry companion.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park is a stone's throw away from Bracken Bay beach and the Ayrshire Coastal path, offering ample opportunities for beach activities and coastal walks. Local eateries provide a taste of Scottish cuisine.

What's nearby? Within a 20-minute drive, visitors can explore the famous Culzean Castle, Ayr's beaches, and numerous golf courses. The birthplace of Robert Burns is also a notable nearby attraction.

Accommodation options: Heads of Ayr Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation, from compact Pladda Pods to spacious Jura Lodges, suitable for families and groups. Pet-friendly options are available, ensuring all members of the family are welcome.


Landal Brunston, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 27 minutes (15.86 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Landal Brunston is a picturesque resort set in 25 acres of landscaped grounds, offering spacious lodges with private verandas, on-site facilities like an indoor pool and sauna, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families and groups seeking a blend of relaxation and activity, Landal Brunston caters to those who enjoy both the great outdoors and on-site amenities like mini golf and a gym.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can take advantage of the heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, and café bar. The resort also offers mini golf, a games room, and a children’s adventure playground.

What's nearby? Galloway Forest Park is 12 miles away for nature activities, while the coast is just seven miles west, featuring Girvan Beach and Culzean Castle. Golf enthusiasts can visit Turnberry Golf Club.

Accommodation options: Landal Brunston provides a variety of lodges, including the pet-friendly Bargany Pet and Brunston Lodge Pet. The Ailsa Craig Spa lodge offers a hot tub for those seeking extra luxury.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Ayrshire

Culzean Castle and Country Park

  • Opening Times: Vary seasonally, check online before visiting
  • Prices: Adult £17.50, Child £10.50 (free for National Trust for Scotland members)
  • Postcode: KA19 8LE
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, included in admission

Culzean Castle is a must-see for anyone who appreciates stunning architecture and picturesque landscapes. Families and history enthusiasts will be captivated by the 18th-century castle, with its elegant rooms and expansive grounds. Don't miss the walled gardens and the Deer Park. The best time to visit is during spring or summer when the gardens are in full bloom. To make the most of your visit, grab an ice cream from the cafe and stroll along the clifftop paths for some breathtaking views.

Phone number: 01655 884455 | Web: Culzean Castle and Country Park


Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adult £12.50, Child £7.50 (discounts for National Trust for Scotland members)
  • Postcode: KA7 4PQ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, pay and display

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is a treasure trove for fans of Scotland's national bard. It's not just a museum; it's an immersive experience into the life and works of Robert Burns. Check out the famous Burns Cottage, the Poet's Path, and the monument gardens. The museum is interactive and perfect for both adults and kids. Visit in late January to celebrate Burns Night with special events. Tip: Use the audio guide to enhance your experience.

Phone number: 01292 443700 | Web: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum


Heads of Ayr Farm Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00, seasonal variations apply
  • Prices: Adult £13.50, Child £12.50
  • Postcode: KA7 4LD
  • Est. time required: 3-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Heads of Ayr Farm Park is a blast for kids and anyone who's young at heart. This place is packed with activities: from animal encounters to adrenaline-pumping quad bikes. The park has both indoor and outdoor play areas, so it's perfect whatever the weather. Summer is ideal for outdoor fun, while the indoor playbarn is great for rainy days. Don't miss the chance to feed the animals, and wear comfy shoes for all the walking.

Phone number: 01292 441210 | Web: Heads of Ayr Farm Park


The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

  • Opening Times: Evening sessions by booking only
  • Prices: Varies, check website for event pricing
  • Postcode: KA18 4LN
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Stargazers, this one's for you. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory offers a unique opportunity to peer into the cosmos. Located within the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, the observatory is one of the best places in the UK for astronomy. The best time to visit is on a clear night, of course. Book a night-time session and bring warm clothes—it gets chilly. And if you're into photography, bring your camera for some stellar night sky shots.

Phone number: 01292 551118 | Web: The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory


Dumfries House

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00, closed on Fridays
  • Prices: Guided tours from £12.00, check online for more options
  • Postcode: KA18 2NJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Dumfries House is a hidden gem with a stunning collection of Chippendale furniture. The house and its gardens are a perfect day out for those who love grandeur and elegance. Guided tours offer fascinating insights into the property's history. The estate also has a beautiful walled garden and an adventure playground for kids. Visit in spring or autumn for a pleasant walk in the gardens. Tip: Check out the on-site café for some delicious homemade cakes.

Phone number: 01290 425959 | Web: Dumfries House


Isle of Arran

  • Opening Times: Ferry times vary, check in advance
  • Prices: Ferry prices vary, vehicle and passenger fees apply
  • Postcode: Ferry departs from Ardrossan, KA22 8ED
  • Est. time required: Full day or overnight stay
  • Nearest parking: Ardrossan Harbour

The Isle of Arran is often referred to as 'Scotland in Miniature', and it's easy to see why. It's a microcosm of Scottish landscapes, with rugged hills, serene beaches, and quaint villages. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the hiking trails and wildlife spotting opportunities. Make sure to visit Brodick Castle and the Arran Distillery. The best time to go is during the summer months for the most ferry options and better weather. Tip: Rent a bike on the island to explore the coastal paths.

Phone number: 01770 302000 | Web: Isle of Arran Ferry (Calmac)


Remember, when you're planning your trip to Ayrshire, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges in Ayrshire. They offer a perfect base to explore these attractions and more. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, lodges in Ayrshire provide the comfort and convenience you need to make the most of your Scottish adventure.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with stunning natural surroundings. Many lodges in Ayrshire offer modern amenities like hot tubs and Wi-Fi, combined with the charm of rustic living. You're in for a tranquil experience, with easy access to Ayrshire's rolling hills and coastline.

What should I pack when visiting Ayrshire?

Pack layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Bring sturdy shoes for exploring the countryside, and don't forget swimwear for hot tubs or beach visits. A camera is a must for capturing Ayrshire's scenic beauty, and some lodges might not provide toiletries, so pack those too.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Ayrshire have adjacent parking, making it super convenient to unload your gear. However, check with your specific lodge as some may have a central parking area, requiring a short walk to your accommodation.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun in Ayrshire! Many lodges come with board games, books, and cosy fireplaces. Plus, you can visit indoor attractions like the Scottish Maritime Museum or enjoy a dram at the Arran Distillery to stay dry.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services to lodges. Some lodges might even have their own on-site restaurant or cafe. It's worth checking out apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo for options, or ask the lodge for their local recommendations.

Is Ayrshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Ayrshire is charming year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds, and you might snag a deal on your lodge. Winter brings a magical frost to the landscape, and many local attractions stay open all year.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Ayrshire ensure they are thoroughly cleaned and maintained between guests. You can usually expect the hot tub to be ready for a dip as soon as you arrive.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in Ayrshire?

Yes, Ayrshire is quite pet-friendly. Several lodges welcome furry friends, so your pet can join in on the adventure. Just check the lodge's pet policy in advance, as some may charge a small extra fee.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges cater to guests with mobility issues, offering ground-floor bedrooms and walk-in showers. Always confirm with the lodge beforehand to ensure they can accommodate your specific needs.

What local attractions are near the lodges?

You're never far from something to do. Check out the iconic Culzean Castle or take a stroll on the Ayr Beach. Golfers will love the proximity to Royal Troon and other top-notch courses. For a family day out, head to Heads of Ayr Farm Park.

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