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WELCOME TO CULZEAN CASTLE, AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND
Incredible cliff top castle on the spectacular west coast of Scotland. With it’s period architecture and views towards The Isle of Arran, Culzean Castle is the perfect place to make incredible memories.
Adam’s mastery of form in his radical adaptation of this castle, originally dating from 1590, has created a grand, impossibly romantic backdrop for modern events. Set in nearly 600 acres of beautiful countryside with woodland walks, inviting sandy beaches, terraced gardens and charming follies, this is a unique and inspirational setting for entertaining guests. Grand and prestigious or intimate and relaxed, the options at Culzean are endless.
CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS AT CULZEAN
The castle’s experienced team is keen to promote Culzean and develop relationships with the business community and would be pleased to tailor a package to your requirements.
Corporate packages include exclusive use of Culzean’s conference facilities, with stunning views over the Firth of Clyde towards Arran.
From April to October, the castle is available for private hire from 4.30 pm. In winter, it can be available for functions throughout the day. Some rooms in the castle and other buildings around Culzean’s beautiful grounds can be hired at any time for a more self-contained event and at a more modest fee than that for the whole castle. The charges reflect the Trust’s primary purpose of conserving Culzean for people’s enjoyment, now and into the future.
The castle stands in nearly 600 acres of Ayrshire’s finest woodland and coastal walks. Some of the best golf in Scotland is close at hand at Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes. Culzean Country Park boasts no less than five kilometres of magnificent coastline. From the sand dunes at the south end of the park to the rugged rocky shoreline, pitted with rock pools, caves and rock arches, the shore and beaches of sand and shingle stretch all the way to Croy Shore, the northern boundary of the park.
Culzean is in the heart of Burns country, a central base for visiting the poet’s haunts. There are also other National Trust for Scotland properties within easy driving distance of the Castle.
Activities such as horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and sailing can be arranged for guests. Please ask if there are any other activities that might be of interest.
Culzean Castle's History
Culzean Castle originally belonged to the Kennedys, an ancient Scottish family descended from Robert the Bruce. There was a stone tower house here in the 16th century, and various Kennedys over the centuries made their mark on the castle with improvements and alterations. But it wasn’t until the 1770s that it started to become the grand country seat it is today. David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis and a peer in the House of Lords, commissioned famed Scottish architect Robert Adam to design and build a castle that reflected the family’s status and wealth. It was a no-expense-spared project, but neither Kennedy nor Adam survived to see the castle completed as they both died within months of each other in 1792, shortly before the castle was completed. A new phase of works started in 1877 under the 3rd Marquess. Edinburgh architects Wardrop & Reid were employed to make further improvements to the castle in keeping with Adam’s style, including the additional three-storey west wing and a newly designed entrance. In 1945, when the castle was passed to the National Trust for Scotland, the top floor was converted into a flat for use by General Eisenhower, as a gesture for America’s support during the Second World War. General Eisenhower visited on four occasions including while president of the United States of America. These same rooms are now a country house hotel and you too can stay where the president himself stayed. There are also a number of holiday cottages available in the country park.
Culzean Castle's table of pricing
How to reach Culzean Castle
By Road: Culzean Castle is situated on the A719, approximately 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. It is clearly sign-posted from the main road. By Bus: Stagecoach, Ayr to Girvan via Maidens (no 60). Bus stops at entrance to the estate. NB – 1 mile walk downhill from bus stop to Castle. By Rail: Maybole Railway Station – approximately 4 miles. Ayr Railway Station – approximately 12 miles. By Air: Glasgow Prestwick Airport – approximately 15 miles.Glasgow Airport – approximately 50 miles. OS Reference: NS232103