Book a cosy cabin for a holiday in Ayrshire. Dogs too
Are you interested in a pine lodge holiday in Ayrshire, in south west Scotland? Designed especially as holiday accommodation, pine lodges tend to have spacious open-plan living areas and private bedrooms and bathrooms. The more expensive lodges may contain en-suite bathrooms, saunas and hot tubs on the patio.
They make for very comfortable places to stay, well-insulated and attractive to look at. A proportion may have a woodburner in the sitting room. Find a pine lodge to rent for a holiday or short break in Ayrshire and find out more about this part of Scotland. Pet-friendly lodges are also often available.
It was one of Scotland’s favourite sons that once wrote ‘O my Luve's like a red, red rose, that's newly sprung in June. O my Luve's like the melodie, that's sweetly play'd in tune’, but did you know that the writer and national bard Robert Burns was born in the relatively unknown but highly historical and gloriously beautiful county of Ayrshire.
So, once you have booked a pine lodge, what else is there to know about this south westerly county that’s so close to the Scottish border? Well, if you’re a keen golfer, welcome to heaven! Ayrshire is ‘The Birthplace Of The Open’ and consists of 40 courses just in this county alone, with three of them Open Championship venues and five in the UK’s Top 100. The Ailsa Championship Course at Turnberry, situated on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast, is its jewel in the crown! With incredible views of the Firth of Clyde and the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig, it has been the scene of many a nail biting Claret jug victory. One example being the famous “Duel In The Sun” in 1977 between American heroes Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.
Pine lodge holidays near Newton Stewart
If you are enticed by the golf but want to be more in the Scottish countryside, then less than an hour away in the historic market town of Newton Stewart are an array of pet friendly pine lodges that cater for your every need. With a comfy King Size double bed that’s ideal for those serene and tranquil sleeps, as well as an open plan lounge and dining area with widescreen TV, it may be difficult for you and the pet pooch to get up and explore the stunning surrounding areas, but we assure you that it’s definitely worth it!
Newton Stewart is called ‘The Gateway To The Galloway Hills’ by locals and it’s easy to see why as the towns central location is absolutely spectacular. Within walking or cycling distance is Galloway Forest Park, the largest park in Britain with 300 square miles of forest and lochs and 200 square miles of coastline. It’s no surprise that this park contains some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of Scotland! A haven for dog walkers, bird watchers and adrenaline junkies, the Merrick Hill stands aloft the other rolling hills at 843m whereas young and old cyclists can explore the vast woodland areas that the park provides. Down on the ground, the River Cree is popular with eager tourists looking for fish like salmon and trout. You’ve heard all the fuss about Scottish Salmon. Why not come taste this local delicacy for yourself?
Perhaps a pine lodge break in Arran is more your style?
Just a short boat ride away from the rolling Galloway Hills is the ‘Scotland In Miniature’ island of Arran. Peace and tranquillity personified, Arran is the ideal laidback getaway for couples, families and playful pets. The island provides top of the range self-catering Scandinavian pine lodges which consist of a covered veranda with patio chairs. Perfect for that mild climate that comes from the warm Gulf Stream waters! Yes, Arran even has the occasional palm tree too! Can you believe it? The inside of the lodge is luxurious too. The living area is comfortably furnished with a cast iron log effect electric fire, which arises from its Nordic legacy, whereas the bathroom has an electric shower that will certainly help wake you up in the morning. If that doesn’t, then your morning Scottish breakfast certainly will. Your pine lodge kitchen consists of a high range of cooking equipment which will suitably feed your hungry family. If you fancy going out and about for some scran, Little Rock in Brodick, the main village on the island, is the popular choice with locals. An Arran Butchers Burger at lunch will certainly fill your hunger gap!
Stay on the Ayrshire Coast
Returning inland and jetting over to the west coast of Ayrshire, the large town of Ayr is also a key place to visit in the region. A charming seaside resort with plenty to offer, Ayr Beach is one of the best kept beaches in Scotland and has been awarded a Seaside Award from ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’. Why not play fetch with your four-legged friend along the long sandy stretch as you watch the kids build sand statues reminiscent of historic treasure, Ayr Castle? And when everyone’s too tired, why not explore the many enjoyable promenade attractions like crazy golf (your warm up for Royal Troon) and Pirate Pete’s Family Entertainment Centre, where children can enthusiastically play indoors while you put your feet up with a warming cup of coffee. If the beach isn’t your thing, then you can relax in nearby Low Green, a 600 year old major picnic attraction which is loved by dogs and people alike. It is also home to South Ayrshire’s largest play area!
Resting your weary head in Ayr is also essential. Make it extra special in your very own solid oval log lodge, complete with dishwasher, washing machine and sauna, in order to give you that ultimate luxury retreat. Pets are also welcome and will especially love the heat coming from the lodges’ Authentic American Vermont log burning stove. So just beware of something warm and furry curling up at your cosy feet!
As you can see, Ayrshire has all you want from a holiday. This gorgeous Scottish county provides history, sport and comfort in abundance and welcomes visitors like you and your family with open arms. So come embrace it. Bring the dog!