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“Large Country Gardens in a perfect Location.”

Culzean Castle and Country Park
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Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Ayr
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Owner description: Beautiful 18th-century castle built by Robert Adam, the renowned Scottish architect, set in a beautiful country park.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Belfast, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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“Large Country Gardens in a perfect Location.”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Run by the National Trust Scotland, this has plenty of walking with the castle as the centrepiece plus a visitor centre, walled garden, swan lake and many paths. Castle is only open to the end of October though, but the location is worth a look any time of the year.

Visited December 2012
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Carnbroe, Scotland
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“The Enchanted Castle - simply magical!”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

So glad we booked tickets for this event. The castle was transformed into a wonderland full of fairytale and storybook characters. Some great interactive opportunities - my four year old was beaming as a lovely girl in a mint ball gown took her up into her arms and danced her around Cinderella's ballroom.

The Narnia setting with the fur coats and amazing actors was something I'll never forget. Jack and the Beanstock, the traditional nursery rhymes, the Big Bad Wolf all just fantastic.

The short art and craft opportunity provided a perfect rest.

The ugly sisters and elves were happy to pose for photos and kept us all entertained as we waited to go in.

Also visited Santa at the auditorium (£5 for child) which was very good - we bought our tickets and then went for tea as the queue was 45 minutes. By the time we were back, it was our turn.

This was a great value event (£27 for a family of 4) which the NTS has got spot on. Special thanks to the volunteers and actors who really made this such a memorable day for us.

Ideal for children aged 3-7.

Visited December 2012
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“An impressively restored castle- definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our reason for traveling to Ayr was to see Culzean Castle. I think it's probably my favorite renovated castle of our visit to Scotland. I loved it because of the Robert Adam architecture and particularly because the interior has been so well-restored. It has lots of period furniture, beautifully decorated ceilings, friezes along the walls, and the most impressive display of armory. I mean really, really impressive and displayed in such an original fashion. It's one of those rooms you walk into and just say, "Wow!" They didn't just stack up bunches of guns and swords and put a label on them, the sword blades were cut and fashioned into large pieces of art and the flintlock pistols were displayed in an imaginative way too. The collection of flintlocks is huge, I think they said that only the queen has a larger collection.

The kitchen had an ingenious roaster. You know those candle sets where you light the candles and the heat creates a draft that makes the little angels go round in a circle? This roaster used the same principle. A fan was installed in the kitchen fireplace's chimney and a cable and pulley were attached to the fan. When the fan rotated, it moved the cable through the pulley. A long rotisserie basket was attached to the cable and stood in front of the fire, and the basket rotated as the fan turned. Who thinks of this stuff? I thought it was a pretty awesome invention for almost 300 years ago. The castle also produced it's own gas supply in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The castle has an amazing oval staircase. A circular shape wouldn't fit, so it was made in an oval shape instead. The stairs have no visible means of support, this is because each individual step is sunk 18 inches into the wall and each stone step rests upon the one below it. If you were to remove any one step, the entire structure would come down.

The park surrounding the castle is very large and there is also beach access. Many of the castle windows had wonderful views of the sea.

Visited May 2012
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Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire
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“A Winter Wander”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

The National Trust for Scotland own and run the castle and country park and we visited the last week in November. Although the castle is closed for the winter, the country park provides a fantastic day out.

There are some great walks, either using the network of paths or heading off into the woods.
The stark winter beauty of the gardens is striking with amazing views of Aran and Ailsa Craig, the RSPB reserve that resembles a giant cupcake or to be more seasonal, a Christmas pudding.

At the weekends, up until Christmas, the visitor centre, restaurant and wonderful toy shop are open and well worth a visit. We had walked our socks off and the lady who served us our coffee and scones was so cheerful and really made us welcome.

Our trip was two weeks too early this year as the National Trust for Scotland have arranged some fantastic events in the run up to Christmas with a special dinner in the castle on Friday 7 December - a definite must for next year's pre-Christmas escape. .

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Well worth the trip even just for the drive.”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is a magnificent stately home. Nestled into the Ayrshire countryside. Truly magnificent. It is only a short drive from Ayr, the electric brae is also neat to experience on the way, stop off at Dunure for an ice cream.

Visited November 2012
Thank Mick J
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