Voted one of the best and most affordable places in the UK to buy a home by Zoopla in 2021, Ayrshire boasts stunning landscapes, rich history and plenty of amenities to keep the whole family busy weeknights through weekends – all for an affordable price, too.
Located on the coast of the Firth of Clyde, many of Ayrshire’s towns come with breathtaking views across the water to Arran and are home to some of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches – with sandy shores and crystal clear waters to be explored in Ayr, Troon, Largs, Croy, Turnberry and Dunure. For lovers of the great outdoors, there are plenty of walking and cycling routes peppering the region, too, while the dramatic hills and rich greenery make Aryshire the perfect place for those who like to immerse themselves in nature.
With only a short drive to Glasgow and the nation’s capital and plenty of easy-to-reach transport links, Ayrshire is a great place for buyers in all stages of life. In this blog, we’ll share a snippet of what you can expect from life in Ayr, Largs and Troon.
Located just 37 miles outside Glasgow, Ayr is a popular seaside town with plenty of character. Featuring miles of sandy beach, stunning coastal views and leafy suburbs with plenty of green spaces, Ayr is a fantastic option for those looking to settle down in a busy environment without the hustle and bustle of city life (yet still close enough to the metropolis to enjoy a day trip).
Steeped in Scottish history, Ayr holds the title of Robert Burns’ birthplace, with the Baird born just on the town’s outskirts in Alloway. Romantics can enjoy the many references to the poet scattered throughout the town, while the new Robert Burns Museum tells the story of his life in a new, interactive exhibition. For resident sports fans, Ayr’s famous 16th-century racecourse is a typical haunt, running many Flat and National Hunt events throughout the year – including the Scottish Grand National, the Ayrshire Handicap and the Ayr Gold Cup. But if a day on the green is more appealing, Ayr’s three golf course options, Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling, are open throughout the year for teeing off.
For those interested in making a move to this captivating coastal town, potential buyers can expect to find Victorian stone-built terraces, new build flats and detached properties, post-war cottages and grand estates in the hunt for their next dream home. At the time of writing, the average cost for a property in Ayr is £190,531.
Located on the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland, Largs is another enchanting seaside resort in Ayrshire with a lot to offer families, couples and singles. This traditional holiday destination welcomes tourists all year round and is particularly popular in the summer when residents and holidaymakers stroll the long Victorian promenade, dip in the crystal clear waters, and sample the delights of local eateries.
Along the pebble-laden shoreline to the south lies Largs Yacht Haven, Scotland’s largest marina and home to sailing boats, ferries and pleasure yachts. Avid sailors can enjoy the excellent facilities and sailing options, while regular ferry trips to the Isle of Cumbrae, just a mile from Largs’ shore, are a great way for families to build their sea legs. Largs’ unique coastal location also makes it a prime spot for fantastic Scottish seafood. You’ll find plenty of excellent local pubs and restaurants serving delicious, high-quality cuisine in town – perfect for an evening away from the kitchen.
With good local schools, reliable transport links to Glasgow and Edinburgh, varied amenities and plenty of leisure activities to keep the whole family entertained, Largs is a fantastic option for those looking to embrace life by the sea. Buyers can expect impressive red sandstone detached villas, seaside terraced homes, high street flats and many new build properties. At the time of writing, the average price of a home in Largs is £134,275.
Overlooking the Isle of Arran, Troon is a small but lively seaside town just 45 minutes from Glasgow and a short drive from bustling Prestwick. Best known for its seven golf courses, this golfing hotspot hosts the famous Open Championship and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world every year. On top of its sports credentials, Troon’s dramatic coastline is famed for its picture-perfect scenery and even appeared in the series Outlander at the end of season one.
Like Largs, yachting enthusiasts will fit right in with Troon’s locals at Yacht Haven, one of the Clyde’s leading sailing centres, while adrenaline-chasers can participate in kite- and wind-surfing year-round at the town’s stunning sandy beach. The bustling harbour is also home to Ayrshire’s fish market, which supplies fresh seafood to restaurants around the marina and broader region. On top of premium culinary delights, Troon also boasts plenty of independent boutiques, cosy pubs and charming cafes.
Those wishing to call Troon their home can expect to find Georgian townhouses, luxury seaside homes, new builds and detached family properties in their search. At the time of writing, the average property price in Troon is £220,680.