Ingleside Cottage, Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland
This charming cottage is situated in the small coastal village of Ballantrae, and boasts direct access to the beach and fantastic views over the sea. The detached cottage is situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of Scotland’s long distance walking routes covering 100 miles of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backof 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. 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 and there is a visitor information point to help you plan your days.
Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, horse riding 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 seaside town of Girvan, with a harbour and leisure centre with swimming pool, is only a 10-minute drive away. Boat trips can be taken out to Ailsa Craig to see the varied birdlife, or Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Beach 150 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 350 yards.
The Ingleside Cottage has been fully adapted to suit wheelchair users: