Carrick Cottage

cottageContents: The Cottage| Crosshill| Turnberry Golf Course| Galloway Forest Park| Isle of Arran|

Welcome to Carrick Cottage. Set in the “Old Weaver” Village of Crosshill, Carrick Cottage is an ideal self-catering holiday location to explore Southern Scotland whether you just want to relax or take the opportunity to enjoy some of the local attractions from the heart of “Burn’s Country’ of Golf, Fishing, Hill Walking, Cycling or just exploring some of the lovely Ayrshire beaches and coastline.
All within 25 minutes are the main town of Ayr, Alloway (Burn’s Cottage), Prestwick Airport, Culzean Castle, Turnberry Golf Course, Beaches plus much more.[back to top]

The Cottage

Having travelled extensively himself, the owner has furnished this village property with the holiday maker in mind and ensured high quality throughout. One large double bedroom fitted with a top quality “zip and link” divan bed that can be separated into 2 Full Size Single Beds (3’ x 6’ 6”) or a Super King Size Double (6’x 6’ 6”) all complete with linen and duvets.
A large lounge with 32” Flat Screen TV, HI FI and a ¾ size fully sprung double sofa-bed.
The fully fitted modern kitchen/diner has everything you need to make a home from home without having to bring it with you! Washing Machine, Tumble Drier, Electric Cooker, Microwave, Toaster etc
There is a private fenced garden to the rear overlooked with beech trees and shrubs. [back to top]


The village of Crosshill has two public houses, The Royal and The Crosshill Arms and a village shop/post office. The Crosshill Arms also serves lunch and evening meals. There are some excellent places to eat out in Ayr and surrounding villages to suite all tastes and budgets.
Ayr is a lively main town (12 miles away) with a variety of foodie places from “fish and chips” to top quality restaurants as well as golf courses, swimming pool, cinema, theatre, bars and clubs and lots of shops.
Short stays of a minimum of 2 nights are available on request. [back to top]

Turnberry Golf Course

There is some controversy regarding golf’s true beginnings, but most believe that its earliest incarnation was played by 12th century shepherds who knocked stones into rabbit holes not far from where Turnberry’s courses stand today. Modern golf, too, was born nearby—in 1751 in Girvan, less than 10 miles away. Along Scotland’s Sunshine Coast, the links between land and sea were nature’s own courses and the pastime was well loved. However, a lack of formal transportation made travel difficult and contests informal, local affairs. Without any permanent settlement to support the game at Turnberry, golf would remain absent in those parts for another 150 years.

Archibald Kennedy, the Third Marquess of Ailsa (Lord Ailsa), owned Turnberry’s 76,000 acres and denied two attempts to establish a formal club on his land. It wasn’t until 1896 that Lord Ailsa, a keen golfer and an active member of the South-Western Railway board, saw the financial opportunity of building a course at Turnberry and a train line from Ayr to Maidens, Turnberry and Girvan.

On 6 July 1901, the first man-made links course, designed by Willie Fernie, was opened for play at Turnberry. The clubhouse followed soon after, with a match between two teams headed by the club captain and vice captain to mark the occasion.

Though the course opened four years before the railway came to be, it was an immediate success. As the longest course in the west of Scotland at 6,248 yards, Turnberry was so well regarded that after just seven years, it held its first professional tournament and attracted a strong field that included the reigning Open Champion, Arnaud Massey. Several other significant tournaments were held at Turnberry during that time, including the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship of 1912. [back to top]


The Galloway Forest Park

forest_1.gifSituated in the heart of Galloway, southern Scotland, The Galloway Forest Park managed by Forestry Commission Scotland offers spectacular views and a diversity of dramatic scenery.
Three hundred square miles of wild beauty are waiting to be explored, here, in Britain's largest forest park.

Established in 1947; the park boasts tranquil valleys encompassed by heather-clad hills, rugged rock faces, burns cascading down magestic slopes and the forest, moorland and lochs rising up to the grandeur of the mountains. The Merrick, Mulwharcher and the Rhinns of Kells stand proudly above the home to much of the unspoilt, ancient woodland which attracts some 800,000 visitors every year.

Stretching from seashore to mountaintops, The Galloway Forest Park has an outstanding variety of wildlife. Red and Roe Deer thrive in this woodland park while mighty birds of prey patrol the skies.

 This natural sanctuary is however, easily accessible as a result of three Forestry Commission visitor centres at Glentrool, Kirroughtree and Clatteringshaws, which receive around 150,000 visitors annually.

Known affectionately as the "highlands of the lowlands", the Galloway Forest Park offers an endless assortment of things to see and do, to suit everyone, in some of the most breathtaking scenery Scotland has to offer. [back to top]

Isle Of Arranarran

The Isle of Arran, Scotland is one of the most southerly Scottish island and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes.

The pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south.

Whether you're looking to get away from it all, have an action-packed break, visit friends & family or just uncover the hidden delights, there is something here for everyone; Arran really does have something for everyone. [back to top]