Harpist at Culzean Castle

This morning, we departed our Edinburgh lodgings and drove south then west for about three  hours to arrive at our destination of Culzean Castle and Country Park on the Ayrshire coast.

The trip entailed a journey through rolling green landscapes much of which was populated with flocks of sheep and lambs plus some cattle including a few Highland Cows.

Our arrival at Culzean coincided with a period of brilliant sunshine. Being a public holiday large numbers of visitors  took the opportunity to visit the extensive site.

The castle, an 18th century mansion, sits on the coastal edge with superb views across the sea to Isle of Arran opposite.After touring the castle interior and availing of some refreshment we visited the parkland encountering:

  • A herd of red deer.
  • Woodlands.
  • A lake inhabited by a family of swans, cormorant, ducks and other wildlife.

Around 4.00pm we left Culzean and moved on to nearby Turnberry where we checked into our hotel for the evening.

In the late afternoon, I went for a walk around the coast, around the edge of the Turnberry Golf Course, a vantage point which provided good views of Ailsa Craig and the golfing facilities, which are in process of a major upgrade.

Tomorrow we visit Isle of Mull off Scotland’s West Coast.

Culzean Castle, Scotland

Coach House at Culzean Castle, Scotland

Woodland at Culzean Country Park, Scotland

Swans and cygnets at Culzean Country Park

Swan Pond at Culzean Country Park

Ailsa Craig and lighthouse, Ayrshire Coast, Scotland

Turnberry Golf Course, Scotland

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