Kelburn Castle

[Kelburn Castle]

Kelburn Castle and Estate is the seat of the Earls of Glasgow, but it isn't your average castle. There are no illusions of grandeur: the estate is very firmly orientated towards families, with shoogly assault courses, adventure trails and play areas giving the air of a slightly run-down theme park. The castle partly dates to the 1500's and is today covered in graffiti painted by Brazilian street artists. Can you imagine the controversy that must have caused when it was commissioned?! However you feel about the exterior of the castle, the (adult-orientated) tour of the inside is well worth taking, though parts of the building have structural problems and issues with dampness. To get value for money, leave time to explore the rest of the estate. No fewer than 36 points of interest are marked on the estate map, including a walled garden, animal fields, attractive glen walks and a dramatic waterfall.

[Secret Forest]

Name: Kelburn Castle and Estate ★★★☆☆
Location: Off A78 2 miles south of Largs, G.R.: NS 217567 ///dumpy.officials.erupt
Open (2017): Daily (castle: limited dates - see website)
Cost (2017): £3-9 (adults), £2-7 (children) depending on date - see website. Castle tours: £2 surcharge

[Gorge walk]

[Cartoon exhibition about the Earls of Glasgow]

[Secret Forest]

[Secret Forest]

[Secret Forest]

[Secret Forest]

[Secret Forest]

[Pond]

[Waterfall Pool]

[Riverside walk]

[Sculptures in the woods]

[Monument]

[Walled Garden]

[Walled Garden]

[Walled Garden]

[Kelburn Castle]

[Animal fields]

[Estate "hub"]

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