Culzean Castle & Country Park

South Ayrshire | Maidens | Castle & park | ★★★★★

[Culzean Castle]

For sheer variety, Culzean surely tops Scotland's long list of castles. Home to the Earls of Cassilis until the 1940s, the 18th century castle's magnificent architecture has few peers - and goes hand-in-hand with a stunning clifftop location perhaps equalled by no other fine mansion 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 the population of southwest Scotland seems to agree.

[The country park includes miles of bays, cliffs and rock pools]

Location & info

📌 Culzean Castle ★★★★★
Off the A719 2 mi north of Maidens, G.R.: NS 233103 ///angle.richest.craftsman
Open daily, late March to late October | £17 adult / £12.65 child including country park, free for National Trust for Scotland members

📌 Culzean Country Park ★★★★
Follow signs for Culzean Castle. Swan Pond is at G.R.: NS 225096 ///developed.bridge.trees
Open daily | £11.50 adults / £8.25 child (2019), free for National Trust for Scotland members

[Swan Pond]


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