Alton Albany Farm

Girvan, Ayrshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1465 861148
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Start the day with exceptional breakfasts at this generous B&B. Stroll the gardens or stride out into magnificent woodlands


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Freshly baked scones, chocolate brownies or cake and tea are waiting for you, depending on what time you arrive. In summer you can take it in the garden by the orchard, in winter by a blazing fire in the sunny dining/sitting room with books, a telly and comfortable chairs. Breakfast is big: start with yogurt, fruit and granola, then choose between Full Scottish with black pudding and haggis, kippers with butter, or contemporary Irish – soda bread, scrambled eggs (from their own hens), mushrooms and rocket. And very tasty options for those who can’t eat any of that!

It’s a five minute walk to the centre of the village, Barr and a little shop with a café. Join the Barr Trails, nearly 20 miles of countryside paths, through woodland, along the riverside and up into the hills.

Return to very comfortable, restful bedrooms (one dog-friendly on the ground floor) with splashes of colour, fresh flowers and plants, green views and neat-as-a-pin showers.

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We think you'll love

  • Having such a delicious breakfast with the fire burning merrily and looking at the beautiful garden - you may spot a treecreeper
  • Stargazing at night - you're on the extreme edge of the Dark Sky Park
  • Spending a day out at the beach, or visiting castles and gardens
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You should know

  • From the village it's a single track road with passing places - take it slowly
  • You're surrounded by farming so you will hear cattle, sheep and the odd tractor
  • The owners prefer not to have firearms on their property so please no deer stalkers


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3.30pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Dogs welcome by arrangement (for downstairs double room only).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dogs welcome by arrangement, max. 2.

Water & treat offered on arrival. Dog biscuits for every taste; water bowl. Hose for washing; basket of clean towels; toys, balls & launcher.

Path round 2-acre garden; burn running through orchard which water-loving dogs are free to romp in; riverside walks; field for exercise & ball throwing.

Pubs/restaurants, 7 miles.


Nightly price
from £125
2 Doubles
From £125



A long journey north to celebrate the start of the new year.... and what a start ! A roaring log fire and a wonderfully warm welcome awaited us at this beautiful retreat in South Ayrshire . Our very comfortable bedroom , with everything we could possibly need and thoughtful gestures such as the vase of fresh flowers from the garden. We slept like logs ! Full Scottish breakfast including Alton Albany eggs ..delicious . Located in a very peaceful valley with incredible walks from the property itself or easy access to magnificent stretches of coast and the Galloway Forest by car or bicycle.

Joanna, Deal

Come to walk, cycle, spot wildlife and birds, visit lovely castles and gardens. Breakfast will set you up for anything and you'll return to much peace and quiet and interesting hosts who can chat away if you like, or leave you be.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

Such an amazing get away! Thank you so much for your hospitality, kind help and general loveliness! We’ll be back as soon as we possibly can.

Amanda and Greg, Bradford-on-Avon

Delighted to finally be back! Already looking forward to our next visit - longer next time.

Kate, Enniskerry

Wonderful again - we’ll be back!

Mel and Chris, Brighouse, West Yorks

Such peace! Great to share your lovely home … and food …. and garden ! Best wishes from fellow “Meadowers”.

Ruth, Perth

We hope this will be the first visit of many to your house. We have had wonderful food, marvellous attention and no rain in spite of the forecast. Thank you so much. PS Love the 3 orchids on the wall.

Jose and Robert, Barton-on-Sea

My second stay (I'm sure there'll be more!) and again absolutely perfect in every way - wonderful hospitality, attention to detail, a beautiful place and fabulous surroundings.

Joanna, Glasgow

My family and I stayed at Alton Albany for 1 week. The house setting is lovely and quiet, and Barr has many beautiful walks. Alisdair and Andrea were excellent hosts. Alisdair worked tirelessly to make sure we had a fantastic breakfast and evening meal. The bedroom was nice and the bed was very comfortable. We also really enjoyed relaxing in the sitting room after dinner. We would definitely stay again.

Robert, Bangkok

A wonderfully warm and welcoming place to come home to after cold days out in glorious wintry Scotland. Alasdair and Andrea are great hosts and their home is an absolute treat.

Bronwyn, Guildford

Absolutely wonderful, relaxing & beautiful place. Lovely welcome, definitely dog friendly not just dog tolerant. Amazing breakfasts. We will return.

Suzy, Truro

A lovely place to stay with delightful hosts. Their attention to detail in all areas was splendid. The breakfast was superb and the Irish stew excellent. If you are looking for amazing countryside and a rugged coastline then this is the ideal spot, with walks right on your doorstep and the beach a short car journey away.

Catherine, Builth

Delightful couple & amazing dogs!! Nothing was too much trouble. We arrived a bit early, but were welcomed in with Tea & home made scones. Breakfast was first class treat, lovely log fire to sit at & a stunning Monkey Puzzle tree of nearly 200 years old to look out at in the garden. Lovely quiet area & not too far to go for some excellent food. MiniShant Inn was especially good. Along with Souter's Inn, both just a short drive away. All in all house was lovely & clean, Alistair & Andrea very pleasant ,friendly & informative & Daisy the dog very spoiled!! Would recommend Alton Albany.

JAMES, Fraserburgh

A wonderful return visit to Alton Albany Farm for our family of four plus dog. Alasdair and Andrea are very warm and welcoming hosts, offering delicious meals and the most delightful, cosy accommodation full of fresh flowers and artwork. Actually, the dog got the most fuss, by far! They had even kept her bowl that we'd left behind three years ago! The sound of the river next to the house lulled us to sleep and the children were utterly charmed by the hooting owls in the trees outside. The local area is just stunning, with lots to do. One night is not long enough to soak it all up! Next time..

Deborah, Walkern

Alisdair and Andrea were very welcoming hosts with a great sense of humour. The accommodation and breakfasts were first class, the situation is both beautiful and peaceful and I would have no hesitation in recommending Alton Albany to anyone for either a short or long stay.


We stayed at Alton Albany just prior to the recent Open Golf Championship & thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There is a tranquility about the place that pervades, making it the ideal 'getaway' - it's secluded, peaceful & welcoming. Alasdair was the perfect host - attentive & considerate - nothing was too much trouble. Our room was immaculate, with nice touches & finishes - fresh coffee, fresh milk, delicious shortbread & chocolates! The bed was super comfortable & brakfast each day was 'scrummy' . We'd definitely stay there again & can heartily recommend it to others - Enjoy!!

Graham, Northallerton

Our first visit to the area, our host really welcoming. Lovely bedroom. Super breakfasts.


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The neighbourhood

Barr is a conservation village sitting in the Carrick Hills. Stride out for a gentle amble, a challenging walk or a cycle with grand views.Girvan is 7 miles for a lovely beach, bustling harbour, promenade, boat trips and a decent pub. Try Wildings for excellent seafood, or something posher at Glenapp Castle. Culzean Castle is 20 minutes in the car and Logan Botanic Gardens just an hour. Ayr is 45 mins.

Local points of interest from Andrea & Alasdair Currie

  • Dog walking and cycling! Unspoilt walking and rambling in stunning scenery, mountain biking, cycling, fishing & bird watching. Lockable storage for bikes available on site. Girvan Beach has dramatic views to Ailsa Craig & Western Isles.
  • Our pretty conservation Village of Barr is an easy walk with a Post Office & Community Store and cosy Cafe with free WiFi. Newspapers, snacks, food to go. Public toilets are located at the village hall.
  • For good local food try Wildings Restaurant at Maidens Harbour for great, fresh local seafood whilst pretty, thatched Souter's Inn at Kirkoswald has a great all round menu. Austin's at Girvan Harbour is cosy with great food but do book in advance.
  • Star Gazing! The Galloway Forest Park is the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. Just a short drive away. Here on the western edge of the Park, we also enjoy excellent star gazing from our own deck and are happy to share it by arrangement
  • Nature on our doorstep! Spot deer, red squirrels, and all manner of bird life, or more rarely even Ospreys and Pine martens. Wild flowers abound and in summer native orchids proliferate.
  • Plenty of board games and books to enjoy by the fireside in the lounge. Golf courses nearby for enthusiasts. Our own field for ball games and dog exercise.


Andrea & Alasdair Currie

Andrea has been a professional garden photographer for many years - the garden is her inspiration and her studio. Alasdair is a fine artist and sculptor who has also worked in public art. It's no wonder the house is filled with plants and the garden is so pretty. Their ethos is less mowing, no spraying and they have many bees, owls, bats, hares and you may even spot an otter, red squirrel or pine marten.