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Culzean Castle, Maybole, Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland Nigel Borrington

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland
Nigel Borrington

Culzean Castle

It was back in 2014 that I last visited Culzean Castle on the west coast of Scotland, so I am planning another visit as soon as I can, Culzean Castle is in Ayrshire and just 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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13 responses

  1. Fantastic photography, Nigel. My great-grandfather came over on a ship from Scotland, and was a “Kirk,” my maiden name. This country is definitely on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing.

    April 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    • Hi Kim πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Well then you simply must visit , I love the west of Scotland most of all around Argyll but the town of Ayr is stunning as well πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I hope one day that you do manage to visit and follow your roots , you will have a smile on your face that will never truly fade πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your great and very welcome comment πŸ™‚

      April 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      • I’m keeping these areas in my ledger, Nigel. Such beautiful country. Would love to research my roots!

        April 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons and commented:
    Beautiful photography from Scotland, my Great-grandfather’s birthplace.

    April 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm

  3. Pingback: Culzean Castle, Maybole, Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland | Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons

  4. atimetoshare.me

    Beautiful!

    April 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    • Hi πŸ™‚

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

      April 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      • atimetoshare.me

        Very dramatic photographs. They make me want to be there.

        April 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

  5. Beautiful photos!!! It looks exactly as I remember!

    April 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm

  6. Stunning pictures which seem to capture the Castle well. Another castle on the list to visit someday. Following you just now for more castles. Stephen

    February 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    • Thank you Stephen, When you do get time to visit Culzean, you will love it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      February 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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