Self catering cottages, Ayrshire

Scottish tourist board four star award.

Mrs Vera Dunlop
Glengennet Farm
Barr, Girvan
Ayrshire, KA26 9TY
Telephone: +44 (0)1465 861220
Mobile: +44 (0)7771 781236

Upper Barr Cottage.


A spacious refurbished cottage surrounded by unspoilt rolling countryside, this excellent holiday home is ideal for touring Ayrshire, and Dumfries & Galloway with family and friends.


With 3 bedrooms, the cottage is suitable for 2 – 6 people. Upper Barr Cottage is situated amongst rolling hills of the Stinchar Valley, half a mile from Barr village, where there is a small shop.


Upperbarr Cottage has undergone extensive renovation to provide spacious 4 star accommodation.


Ground floor accommodation comprising of:

  • Lounge with TV
  • Kitchen/dining area with electric cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer.
  • Cloakroom
  • 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room


First floor accommodation:

  • 1 double bedroom (5ft double bed) with en-suite shower
  • 1 twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath and double shower cubicle
  • Second sitting room


Holiday rental price from £395 – £695 per week.
A deposit of 25% is required to secure a booking.
The balance is due 4 weeks prior to holiday.


Short breaks available and reductions for small groups.


Bed linen and towels are provided.


Oil fired central heating.


Pets welcome by arrangement.


No smoking.


Wi Fi Internet Access

Patio. Ample parking. Open all year.


Wi Fi internet access included




Things to do & Places to see near Barr.

Click for more information on each.


Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

The most visited National Trust property in Scotland. With its dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history and beautiful surroundings, it's easy to see why Culzean Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.


Surrounded by Culzean Country Park, a 242 hectare estate encompassing lush woodland, landscaped gardens and rugged coastline, this 18th-century Scottish castle couldn’t be better placed for a family day out.


You could easily spend an entire day exploring the country park alone, but with so many treasure-filled rooms to see inside the castle, it's well worth making time to enjoy both elements of this magnificent historic attraction.


Burns Cottage

Robert Burns Cottage

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son.


The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.


Glentrool Country Park

Bruce's Stone, Glentrool.

Glentrool Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Galloway hills, where you can pick up maps and information on the hill ranges. The Merrick, South Scotland's highest mountain at nearly 2,800ft can be climbed from Bruce's Stone.


Due to the absence of light pollution from street lighting, this entire area has recently been given Dark Sky status. The Galloway Forest Park just a few miles South of Delamford was given a Gold Tier Award, the highest available. This means it is the ideal environment for astronomers, who both amateur and professional, travel here from all over the world to gaze at the heavens. The BBC News recently covered this subject in detail. click here to view their article.

Galloway Forset Dark Sky Park

The Galloway Dark Sky Forest Park has around 75,000 hectares of land and with over 7000 visible stars to look at you are spoilt for choice. The Milky Way is clearly visible with the naked eye as are near objects. With a telescope or binoculars there is no limit other than that of the instrument itself.


There are regular events and workshops organized by Dark Sky Scotland which give both beginners and more experienced astronomers an insight into this fascinating subject.



Turnberry Lighthouse and Ailsa Craig.

For keen golfers there is plenty of choice with Brunston Castle Golf Course only a few miles down the road. A further 5 miles brings us to the world famous Turnberry Golf Club where the 2009 Open Championship was held.


South Ayrshire Council operate 8 golf courses in the area, 1 in Girvan, 1 in Maybole, 3 in Ayr and 3 in Troon, prices vary from course to course and details of all municipal courses can be found here.


Another half hour or so North along the coast brings us to Prestwick Golf Club where the Open Championship originated and was first played in 1860, Prestwick St Nicholas which is also over 100 years old, and Prestwick St Cuthberts which has been open since 1963 at its current location. A few miles more takes us to the famous Royal Troon, founded in 1878, and then onto Kilmarnock Barassie golf club which was opened in 1887.



The River Girvan.

There is a wide variety of fishing types and locations close to Barr, including lochs, reservoirs, rivers, and the sea. To the South lies Penwhapple Reservoir which is stocked with rainbow and brown trout, where a days fly fishing will cost £10. Further South lies the River Stinchar where you can fish for salmon and sea trout. The various beats on the Stinchar are independantly owned so prices and fishing rules vary with each stretch, details can be found on the Stinchar Website.


A few miles to our East are Loch Braden and Loch Doon. Permits for Loch Braden are available from any of the Forestry Commission visitor centres, the nearest being Glentrool. No permits are needed to fish Loch Doon where there are plenty of brown trout, arctic charr, perch and pike.


On the West Coast is the town of Girvan where you can fish in the sea from the pier, beach or rocks. You may also charter a small fishing vessel at the harbour, such as the M.V. Rachael Clare, which can take up to 12 people and has a range of 60 miles, for sea angling trips.


To the North of us is the River Girvan where the main fishing beats are managed by various estates, among them Blairquhan, Kilkerran and Bargany and Carrick Angling Club have about two miles of fishing on the lower river. A days fishing here for salmon or sea trout will cost £20 while a weekly ticket is £60. Fly, worms or spinners can all be used, and the club offer the hire of tackle and fly fishing lessons for beginners.



Hillwalking and hiking routes around Glengennet.

Glengennet is perfectly located for hillwalking, due to the fact that setting off in any direction at all from the house will lead you through some spectacular scenery. There are a number of established hillwalking and hiking routes around Glengennet and some slightly further afield for the more adventurous. Between them, the nearby villages of Barr, Dailly, and Straiton have at least sixteen recognised walking routes.


To begin with, there are five walks featured on the Ayrshire Paths website which start and finish in the nearby village of Dailly, just a few miles Northwest of Glengennet. A description of each of these routes can be found here. The village of Barr, about a mile South of Glengennet, also has five routes shown on the same website and these can be found here. Ayrshire Paths also give guidance for six walks around the village of Straiton, which is roughly seven miles Northeast of Glengennet, and more information on these can be viewed here.



Cycling along the Nic O' The Balloch.

The back roads are usually very quiet and there are designated cycle routes which lead North to Ayr and South to the Galloway Forest on National Cycle Route 7. The nearby villages of Barr, Dailly and Straiton offer plenty of choice for cyclists too as there are flat gentle routes and also some fairly hilly ones for those feeling a bit more energetic.


If you don't have your own bike, the village shop at Barr may be able to hire you one, subject to availability, at a rate of £12 per day. Maps of the local cycling routes are also available to buy there.