Culzean CastleCulzean Category Museums & Galleries, Historic Sites
Packed to the turrets with antique furniture and furnishings, artworks, porcelain and other fascinating period objects, Culzean Castle is a superb example of high-class living, 18th-century style.
Highlights include the Round Drawing Room with its panoramic view of the Clyde; the Armoury, which holds one of the world’s largest collections of swords and pistols; and the grand Oval Staircase.
There are guided tours of the castle at 11.00 and 14.30 daily. There are family tours of the castle on Sat and Sun at 11.30 and 14.00.
To help you make the most of your visit, there’s a short ‘History of Culzean’ video in the Visitor Centre, multi-media tours in the castle for a small cost, and information cards and guides in every room.
You’re spoilt for choice outside. If you want to get close to the sea, you have three miles of shoreline to explore, encompassing sandy beaches, shingle, caves and rock pools.
If formal gardens are more your thing, then admire the Fountain Court with its orangery and terraces below the castle. Or head for the Walled Garden for colourful borders, a stone grotto and fruit-filled glasshouses, all in a peaceful setting.
Don’t miss the tranquil ‘Happy Valley’ woodland trail to the Swan Pond, where you can sit at the café and watch the wildlife.
There are around 40 other quirky historical buildings and follies hidden throughout the estate, from the Pagoda to the Gas House, as well as shops, cafés and restaurants. Whether you explore the grounds by yourself, or take one of the Ranger-led guided walks, there’s plenty to discover and enjoy.