Culzean Castle & Country Park
For sheer variety, Culzean surely tops Scotland's long list of castles. Home to the Earls of Cassilis until the 1940's, the castle's magnificent architecture has few peers - and goes hand-in-hand with a stunning clifftop location perhaps equalled by no other in the country. Sheer cliffs drop directly from behind the castle walls to a beautiful stony beach, with miles of rock pools full to the brim with marine life. Head inland and the country park's grand scale becomes obvious, with woodland criss-crossed by shady footpaths and at least four separate car parks. Between the castle, visitor centre, walled garden, woodland, Swan Pond, massive adventure playground for kids, rock pools and bays, cannon battery, Deer Park... you get the picture... it'd be a disservice not to spend (at least) a full day here if the sun's out. Not a cheap day out, but worth every penny: and on a hot Bank Holiday Weekend, half of Scotland seems to agree...
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Name: Culzean Castle ★★★★★
Location: Off A719 3 miles west of Maybole, G.R.: NS 233103 / angle richest craftsman
Description: Magnificent 18th century castle perched dramatically on cliffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde.
Open (2017): Late March to October
Cost (2017): £15.50 (adults), £11.50 (children) including Country Park, free for National Trust for Scotland members
Name: Culzean Country Park ★★★★☆
Description: Superb country park with miles of woodland, lakes, parkland, cliffs and beaches surrounding Culzean Castle.
Location (Swan Pond): Off A719 3 miles west of Maybole, G.R.: NS 225096 / developed bridge trees
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £10 (adults), £7.50 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members