Riparian view at Eglinton Country Park

This evening, I am reporting on a recent small group hike around Eglinton Country Park which is located in North Ayrshire, Scotland, about thirty miles S.W.of Glasgow.

Castle

At heart of the park sits a very unusual building which is styled a castle but actually comprises the remains of a grand mansion dating from the early 19th century located near Kilwinning in Ayrshire, S.W. Scotland.

The property was built in Gothic castellated style by the wealthy Earls of Eglinton family between 1797 and 1802. In 1839 the 13th Earl hosted a grossly extravagant-and financially draining- mock medieval tournament in the adjacent grounds.

During the 20th century the Montgomeries wealth deteriorated to the extent that the castle was abandoned in 1925. The building suffered further ignominy during WW2 in being used by the army for munitions practice.

The remaining masonry represents but a shadow of the mansion at its peak. Nevertheless it sits in a park open to the public; a pleasant enough spot with special affection for members of Clan Montgomery. This video clip  affords a useful perspective of the site.

Parkland

Extends to 1000 acres which is available for public recreation and is traversed by a network of trails and footpaths.There is a river, wetlands, old buildings including a Doocot ( Dovecot), fishing and many opportunities to connect with nature and local wildlife.

Hikers at Eglinton country Park

Tournament Bridge at Eglinton Country Park

Dovecot at Eglinton Country Park

Wetlands at Eglinton Country Park

Landscape at Eglinton Country Park

Ruins of Eglinton Castle

Ruins of Eglinton Castle

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