Culzean Castle & Country Park – Southern Ayrshire
Culzean Castle is on the coast of Southern Ayrshire about half -way between Ayr and Turnberry. It is a popular day out for those holidaying in the likes of Portpatrick as the drive up the coast road from the Rhins and Machars of Galloway is truly spectacular.
Culzean is one of Scotland`s best loved castles and one of the National Trust`s finest properties. Although the history of Culzean dates back to the 1400s, the castle was transformed to its present grandeur in the 18th century. It was famed architect Robert Adam`s final commission. The castle is open to the public and there are twice daily guided tours. Culzean Castle is built on a rocky promontory and there are stunning views including the Ilse of Arran from the windows and the terraces. Most visitors to South West Scotland find a full day is needed to appreciate all Culzean has to offer.
Culzean Country Park
Culzean Castle is surrounded by a 242 hectare estate with lush woodland, landscaped gardens and cliff-top walks with stunning views. Among the many attractions is a 13 acre Swan Pond which is alive with waterfowl all year. Red squirrels, roe deer and and countless songbirds can be seen in the surrounding wood. Otters can also sometimes be seen at the pond.
Other attractions include a large walled garden, a deer park where you can adopt a deer, the “gas house and exhibition” , 5 kilometres of coastline with sand dunes, rock pools and caves to explore. There is also an adventure playground beside the Swan Pond.
The shore and woodland are also great for birdwatching with over 100 species seen throughout the year.
Where can I get a Coffee?
Culzean Castle has its own coffee shop within the Home Farm Courtyard. Snacks are also served and there is a drinks licence. There is also a kiosk at the Swan Pond.
Culzean Castle is close to Dunure, a charming harbourside village with a popular pub for lunches etc. Ayr, the major shopping town in the area is about 15 minutes to the north of Culzean
Ayrshire Coastal Path – Walking at Culzean
Culzean is on the route of the Ayrshire Coastal Path about midway between the villages of Dunure to the north and Maidens to the south. The walk to Dunure passes Croy Bay and it is possible to walk to either village and back from Culzean in a half-day.