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This evening, I am posting information on Skelmorlie Castle which is positioned close to the west coast, north of Largs. This building has close links with the Montgomerys. It dates from 1502 and originally belonged to the Earls of Eglinton. Hugh the third Earl, a devout Catholic, led the Montgomery Clan is support of Mary Queen of Scots at the Battle of Langside 1568 but was defeated, taken prisoner and subsequently released in 1571.

Many original features of the Castle, e.g.stone fireplace, were discovered after a fire in the 1960s.

The Castle’s superb aspect affords views of the island of Arran which, by coincidence, was awarded to the 3rd Lord Montgomery after the Battle of Sauchieburn in 1488.

This castle is a private residence and not open to the public. It can be viewed on a ‘drive past’ basis.

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Today, our group visited Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue’s open day, North Ayrshire. It is the biggest and busiest Wildlife Rescue Centre in Scotland. Hessilhead aims to rescue, repair, rehabilitate and release animals back to the wild. The open day was really great, you can see animals like birds, foxes and swans. The organization was good and the organizers were very welcoming. Unfortunately, picture opportunities were limited but a few are provided below.

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This evening, I am posting some information on one of Scotland’s architectural treasures in the form of Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire.

This house , which was formerly owned by the Marquis of Bute, is surrounded by 2000 acres of land.

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