Kelburn Castle, Largs

Kelburn Castle, Largs, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Kelburn Castle which is located near Largs on the west of Scotland. This castle isvery old, with origins dating back to the 13th century. It is home to the Boyle/ Earl of Glasgow family who have occupied the castle and lands since the 12th century. Over the centuries Kelburn Castle has been embellished and extended, particularly in the 16th century and then again in 1700 with influence of French Chateau architecture.

The superb eleveated location affords views over the Firth (estuary) of Forth and islands such as Cumbrae. The grounds include well maintained gardens with waterfalls and gorges. The site is a visitor attraction affording visitors access to the grounds and gardens together with activities such as pony riding.

Of course, the major impact on new visitors is the vibrant graffiti style decoration one side of the castle. To me this falls somewhere between bizarre, eclectic and downright tacky. The design dates from 2007 and is the work of a Brazilian graffiti artist in collaboration with Scots artists. Knowing the normally stringent stance of heritage body, Historic Scotland I am utterly amazed how permission was ever granted for the art work which seems to be unprecedented in the historic buildings sector. On the plus side the work could be described as ‘original’ and ‘different’ .  Apparently when the castle walls are next due for harling ( a weather protective coating) the art work will be covered up. Read more on Visit Kelburn Castle, Visit Scotland…