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Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

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Culzean Castle, Maybole,
Carrick, Ayrshire coast of Scotland
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland has to be one of the most treasured and interesting castles in Scotland.

Robert Adam was the architect and he designed the castles structure on a basic L shaped design. The structure is a fine country house and when completed it was the seat of the 10th of Cassilis ( David Kennedy ) , earldom.

The castle was built in stages between 1777 and 1792. It incorporates a large drum shaped tower, circular inside (which overlooks the sea), a grand oval staircase and a suite of well-appointed apartments.

In 1945, the Kennedy family gave the castle and its grounds to the National Trust for Scotland (thus avoiding inheritance tax). In doing so, they stipulated that the apartment at the top of the castle be given to General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower in recognition of his role as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during the Second World War. The General first visited Culzean Castle in 1946 and stayed there four times, including once while President of the United States. An Eisenhower exhibition occupies one of the rooms, with mementoes of his lifetime.

During my own days visit I took many images here as both the grounds and castle itself offer some wonderful photography, including a walked garden, cannon’s, walls, see cliffs and court yards.

If you are visiting Ayrshire , this castle has to be high on your list for a visit.

Culzean Castle , Gallery

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18 responses

  1. Great shot! This Castle looks very romantic…beautiful.

    June 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    • Hello Kamila πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  2. Oh the History, the Beautiful, Standing History you get to see every day πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing it with us πŸ™‚

    June 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    • Hello Morgan πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , I am very pleased you enjoyed the post , a pleasure to share πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  3. Love the history lesson, along with these most memorable photographs. Gorgeous work Nigel, again an amazing portfolio here.

    June 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    • Hello Mary πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , thats a lovely comment , Very pleased you like them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  4. Wonderful images, Nigel. And this place is spectacular. I love the garden wall in front and then the sea view in back.

    Sweeping and romantic in the most classical sense!

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    June 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very very pleased you liked the castle and images πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

  5. Last year we spent two weeks in Scotland… the locks and its castles are forever etched in my memory… And this one is a beautiful picture… πŸ™‚ claudine

    June 23, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    • Hello Giovannoni πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your visit and comment πŸ™‚

      I am very pleased that you enjoyed Scotland and very happy your enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

      • My name is Claudine… french name, actually… Giovannoni is the family name! My pleasure… πŸ˜€

        June 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  6. That cannon with the huge bore looks amazing and presumably quite old. I can’t quite imagine what it might have been like in operation!

    June 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    • Hello Murray πŸ™‚

      There were four of these in total and I guess they were for attacking any boats that may be attempting to land underneath the castle walls along the sea front .

      I guess they would light the fuse and stand well back πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

  7. Stunning photos Nigel and a beautiful castle. Love the history of it πŸ™‚

    June 24, 2014 at 12:07 am

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ very happy you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

  8. It is a pleasure to stop by your blog! I learn something new and take away the beauty of your photography! πŸ™‚

    June 24, 2014 at 6:14 am

    • Hello Rebecca πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I am very pleased you visited and thank you for your comment πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      It is a pleasure to see your visits πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

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