Culzean Castle – Fortify yourself with a stay at a site set in castle grounds
The site is in the grounds of the 18th-century Culzean (pronounced Cul-lane) Castle. The castle has elegant Adam interiors, a visitor center and a country park claimed to be "the most magnificent in Britain". From the shore you can see across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and the superb sunsets.
- Along the coast is Ayr, the county town of Ayrshire. It is also the capital of "Burns Country" -home to Burns Cottage, the Burns National Heritage Park and the Burns Monument at nearby Alloway.
- For lovers of Scotland's industrial past there is the maritime museum at Irvine, and Clydebuilt at Braehead near Glasgow. Here you can take the role of a Glasgow merchant, load your cargo and steer your ship into harbor.
- Children love the animals and all the other activities – some are for adults as well – at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park. Call In at Electric Brae on the way back to the site.
- From Ardrossan there is a ferry to the Isle of Arran, from Stranraer sailings to Belfast.
- Activities in the school holidays and a playground in the castle grounds keep children happy.
- There is a full program of events taking place at Culzean Castle and Country Park through the year. These include jousting, Scottish country dancing and various music festivals.
- Every Saturday you can find a farmers' market selling local produce, on the Kyle Shopping Center car park. On Sundays there is a large car boot sale and market on Ayr racecourse
- The site shop is well stocked. Maybole has a small supermarket, Ayr has larger supermarkets and shops. There are a number of good local restaurants.
- Campers who are not members of the National Trust can use their camp site till receipt to gain access to Culzean Country Park, but not the castle.
A visitors' opinion:
"There is plenty to do in the country park and a very good play area for children. Mr and Mrs J Holbrook
Did you know?
Culzean Castle site was once the railway station. The site office is on what was the platform.