The village of Skelmorie is set amid the green, hilly countryside of North Ayrshire, in Southwest Scotland. It overlooks the Firth of Clyde, the sweeping mouth of the River Clyde, where dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks are often spotted. Many holiday cottages in Skelmorie are built from the rich red sandstone which the region is known for. The views across the water from the main road through Skelmorie are truly spectacular, encompassing the four-mile-wide firth, the Isle of Arran, and the mountains of the Scottish Highlands. There are several interesting historic landmarks to look out for as you explore the village from your Skelmorie holiday cottage, including Skelmorie Castle, an unusual tower house built in 1502 as the stronghold of the Montgomery Clan.
Balvonie House is a grand luxury cottage moments from the sea in Skelmorlie, Scotland. The pet-friendly property is ideal for large groups and special occasions and features sophisticated elegance, ocean views, cinema room, expansive grounds, an outdoor play area, a snooker table and an open fire.
Just south of the village, the Serpent Mound is a mysterious site which is believed to be prehistoric and possibly carved for religious purposes. A pretty parish church overlooks the firth, and there is a bowling club and a primary school in the village centre. Self-catering holidays in Skelmorie are an excellent opportunity to enjoy the fresh produce Ayrshire is renowned for. There are a number of farmers’ markets in the area, and restaurants serving food prepared with the finest local ingredients. On Skelmorie Castle Road, Eglington Bar is the place to go for a chat with the locals and a dram or two of local whiskey. At the eastern edge of the village, there is a golf club with an exceptional course where visitors are welcome.
Many of Ayrshire’s most beautiful locations are on Skelmorie’s doorstep including the sandy beach and rockpools of Lunderston Bay, and the secluded woodland trails of Greenock Cut. A walk on the Ayrshire Coast Path, which begins at Skelmorie, is also highly recommended. The city of Glasgow is a scenic hour’s drive eastward from Skelmorie, along the banks of the River Clyde.