Ayrshire Castle

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5
Oliver Approved


Wedding Venue Quirky Chateaux & Castles
Heritage Collection
Beach Nearby Walk to Village

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Ayrshire Castle, Scotland’s most exclusive holiday home, has lived several lives since its construction in the 15th century as a wedding gift for Princess Mary, daughter of James II of Scotland. Once a court and prison, now it is restored as luxurious accommodations for 12-14 guests.

An easy walk from West Kilbride and its craft studios and galleries, this castle to rent has excellent views of the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran from its roof. Golf at several nearby world-famous courses, enjoy a walk on the Ayrshire coastal shoreline or fish in several rivers and lochs. Bookish guests will love exploring Scotland’s literary past in the birthplace of the poet Robert Burns.

The castle itself weds the medieval to the contemporary. The bedrooms feature wood-burning stoves and marvellous four-poster hand carved beds with velvet drapes. However, the formal great hall has a large TV and an ipod dock tucked behind a tapestry, and underfloor heating keeps guests comfortable in the cooler months. Each floor has its own bathroom, including a unique stone bath.

Near the A78, Ayrshire Castle is 20-25 miles from Glasgow Prestwick and Glasgow Airports and 70 miles from Edinburgh Airport.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The private garden is not fully enclosed, so keep an eye on adventurous children
  • A stay here includes many trips up and down the stone spiral staircase connecting the five floors so it is not recommended for those who struggle with mobility
  • While the castle is an impressive venue for events and holidays, there are neighbours so guests should remember to be considerate

Property Features

Heritage Collection
Wi-Fi/Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Vault Level/ Ground Floor
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Utility kitchen

First Floor
- Great hall
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Cloakroom

Second Floor
- Bedroom with double bed with access to jack & jill en-suite shower room
- Bedroom with double bed with access to jack & jill en-suite shower room

Third Floor
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed

Fourth Floor
- Master bedroom suite with double bed and dressing area
- Family bathroom
- Living room with sofa bed (ideal for 2 small children)

Exterior Grounds
- 1 acre of gardens

Additional Facilities
- Internet
- TV & DVD
- Washing machine & dryer
- Highchair available on request
- Parking for 6 cars


About the surrounding area of Ayrshire Castle
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The castle is 20 miles from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, 24 miles from Glasgow Airport, and 70 miles from Edinburgh Airport.

Golf: Turnberry Golf Course - Situated on a magnificent stretch of the Atlantic coastline, with the gently rolling Scottish countryside at its back, Turnberry is unquestionably one of the great resorts of the world. For countless thousands of players the world over, Turnberry is simply the finest golfing destination of all. The scene of some of the most remarkable moments in Open history, the legendary Ailsa is complemented by the dynamic challenges of the new Kintyre championship course. Royal Troon Golf Course - One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult. Prestwick Golf Course extends a warm welcome to all golfers from all around the world wishing to come and enjoy the testing traditional Links. Prestwick Golf Club is situated just half an hour south west of Glasgow on the famous golfing Ayrshire coast. A stretch of land unequaled anywhere in the world for prime golfing terrain. Prestwick shares it boundaries with Royal Troon and is just 20 minutes from Turnberry, with Open final qualifying courses such as Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes, Western Gailes and Irvine Bogside all within just 5 minutes drive.
Walk in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter in "Alloway's auld haunted kirk" and across auld Brig O'Doon, where Tam's mare, Meg had her narrow escape from the witches. View Robert Burns' beloved Ayrshire countryside from the roof of Burns Monument and experience the humour and excitement of Robert Burns best-loved tale in the Tam O'Shanter Experience.

Loch Lomond must be the worlds most famous Loch and has been much written about, both in song and verse. The area is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity and offers picture postcard views around every corner.

Arran Heli-Tours is a Scenic Helicopter Tour and Charter service based at the Balmichael Visitor Centre, Shiskine, on the Isle of Arran.

Contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team to learn about an exciting range of activity days, breaks and courses to suit all ages and abilities, in Ayrshire and throughout the whole of Scotland. Activities are available to individual and group visitors to the area, as well local individuals, families, groups, organisations and companies. From White Water Rafting to Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Snowboarding to Team Building & Problem Solving events, nearly any activity you desire can be arranged.

Enjoy the thrill of riding over acres of countryside on fully automatic quad bikes. Also, indoor air rifle and clay pigeon shooting. 

Come racing at Ayr and enjoy a great day out at Scotland's top racing venue. Throughout 2001 Ayr stages 25 days racing, both NH and Flat, providing all year round entertainment and top sporting action.

Mucky Wheels Off Road Experience is a 4x4 off-road driving course. Enjoy the thrill of off-road driving at the wheel or as a passenger. Alternatively drive your own 4x4 around the course. Individuals and groups welcome.
Scottish Paintball Centre is located near Fenwick, just off the A77, 20 minutes from both Ayr and Glasgow, offering high quality and value for money paintball. SPC also runs Special Ops laser scenario games.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Glasgow or Prestwick

(21-25 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Ardrossan

(5 km)

Nearest Village West Kilbride

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Glasgow or Ayr

(21-25 km)

Nearest Restaurant West Kilbride

(1 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub West Kilbride

(1 km)

Nearest Beach West Kilbride

(1 km)

Nearest Golf Seamill

(1 km)


Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Ayrshire Castle makes an excellent choice for families travelling with older children, who will get the opportunity for a real historical education staying in a Castle which was first built in 1422!

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Steeped in rich history, Ayrshire Castle makes a fabulous choice for couples wanting an atmospheric alternative to the typical church or hotel wedding. The distinctive castle makes a truly impressive backdrop for photographs, the perfect venue for smaller groups who are wanting to create a relaxed wedding vibe.

Wedding Reception
A reception with up to 40 people can take place in the Great Hall for a standing buffet, seated up to 14 people could be hosted. Dancing could continue in the Great Hall if space is cleared with music until midnight. Outside music could play until 9pm.
Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony could take place also in the Great Hall. The property is fully-licenced for legal marriages.

Where to Stay
Up to 14 people can sleep at the castle. Nearby there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs where guests can find accommodation. The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.

Wedding Planning
The client may provide their own planner or planning.


The clients may provide their own caterer or self-cater. Drinks to be provided by the client – no corkage fees.

Other information
No short stays in July & August. Events to end by 1am. No marquees permitted – all events to take place in the Great Hall.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

Cots and Highchairs are available on request

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price
Changeover day Any day of the week.
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 2-night minimum stay
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Pets welcome? No pets
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 28th 2020 - Dec 6th 2020 £2,193 £2,462 £2,731 £3,000 £3,236
Dec 6th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - - £6,034
Jan 8th 2021 - Mar 13th 2021 £2,193 £2,462 £2,731 £3,000 £3,236
Mar 13th 2021 - Jun 19th 2021 £2,469 £2,737 £3,006 £3,275 £4,114
Jun 19th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 - - - - £4,114
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 27th 2021 - - - - £4,114
Aug 27th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021 £2,469 £2,737 £3,006 £3,275 £4,114
Sep 25th 2021 - Dec 5th 2021 £2,193 £2,462 £2,731 £3,000 £3,236
Dec 5th 2021 - Jun 1st 2022 - - - - £6,034

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 28th 2020 - Dec 6th 2020 €2,291 €2,559 €2,828 €3,097 €3,380
Dec 6th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - - €6,301
Jan 8th 2021 - Mar 13th 2021 €2,291 €2,559 €2,828 €3,097 €3,380
Mar 13th 2021 - Jun 19th 2021 €2,578 €2,847 €3,116 €3,384 €4,296
Jun 19th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 - - - - €4,296
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 27th 2021 - - - - €4,296
Aug 27th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021 €2,578 €2,847 €3,116 €3,384 €4,296
Sep 25th 2021 - Dec 5th 2021 €2,291 €2,559 €2,828 €3,097 €3,380
Dec 5th 2021 - Jun 1st 2022 - - - - €6,301

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 28th 2020 - Dec 6th 2020 $2,740 $3,009 $3,278 $3,546 $4,044
Dec 6th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 - - - - $7,539
Jan 8th 2021 - Mar 13th 2021 $2,740 $3,009 $3,278 $3,546 $4,044
Mar 13th 2021 - Jun 19th 2021 $3,084 $3,353 $3,622 $3,890 $5,140
Jun 19th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 - - - - $5,140
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 27th 2021 - - - - $5,140
Aug 27th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021 $3,084 $3,353 $3,622 $3,890 $5,140
Sep 25th 2021 - Dec 5th 2021 $2,740 $3,009 $3,278 $3,546 $4,044
Dec 5th 2021 - Jun 1st 2022 - - - - $7,539

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Fantastic!

    Posted by Stephen on 19/03/2019

    Fantastic property with each floor having a different ‘theme’, all beds were four posters. We are definitely going to this property again.

  • Castle Life at its Peak

    Posted by Ann on 07/06/2018

    The castle was great and full of character. My Grandchildren loved seeing the selection of artefacts. The castle was very well equipped and the beds were very comfortable, especially the four poster beds. The views from the roof of the castle were superb. Altogether a very enjoyable stay and would highly recommend this Castle.

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