This evening I am continuing a West of Scotland geology theme which first featured in this blog post
The West of Scotland is endowed with a rich and diverse geological history evidence of which can be found within about one mile of Portencross Castle and in the general direction of Largs.
Read more on Explore West of Scotland Geology, Explore Scotland…
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…
Largs Seaside Town, Scotland
This afternoon, our small group visited Largs on the West of Scotland. This is a somewhat High End seaside town which was extremely busy today with many visitors and locals out enjoying the sun at about 22 C.
Our first stop was Kelburn Country Park which is dominated by Kelburn Castle, home to the Earls of Glasgow. This castle, parts of which date from the 13th century, is somewhat gaudily decorated, presumably to emphasise the ‘fun’ nature of the park in which it sits. Read more on Visit Largs, Scotland…