Designed by Robert Adam The Scottish National Trust’s flagship property Culzean Castle and the beautiful grounds that surround it are well worth a visit if your visiting Ayrshire in Southern Scotland but make sure you allow a complete day at least, it kept us occupied for three!
|Drive way up to the Castle.|
|Beautiful grounds and formal gardens.|
|The safe sandy beach at Port Carrick.|
|A children's paradise.|
Gifted to the trust in 1945 to avoid inheritance tax, Culzean Castle was built for David 10th Earl of Cassilis between 1772 and 1790 and designed by the Scottish born neoclassical architect, interior and furniture designer Robert Adam. It stands majestically on the cliff top over looking the Firth of Clyde on a site associated with the Kennedy family since the 14th century. Inside the castle every thing is on a grand scale including the magnificent oval staircase and on the first floor the circular saloon over looking the sea. Plenty of history to absorb and for youngsters hidden Lego figures to spot, 17 in all, we managed to find 9 and won a sticker.
The castle is reputed to house at least seven ghosts but unfortunately on our visit they were not at home. Also Culzean was used in 1972 as the castle of Lord Summmerisle played by Christopher Lee in the cult movie The Wicker Man.
|Lovely views over the Isle of Arran.|