Culzean Castle & Dumfries House

Culzean CastleWe were joined by Janet, Margaret & Sylvia for a tour to Culzean Castle & Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

Leaving Edinburgh we travelled south to Ayrshire. Our first stop was Culzean Castle which was  the ancestral home of the Kennedy family until the Marquis of Ailsa gifted it to the National Trust in 1945. An apartment on the top floor was given to President Eisenhower in recognition of his role as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during the Second World War.

We arrived at the castle in time for morning coffee and freshly baked scones in the Courtyard Café. Afterwards there was time to explore the castle and its glorious grounds as well as enjoying the views across to Arran and the Mull of Kintyre.

Sylvia, Janet & Margaret at Dumfries HouseLeaving Culzean Castle we travelled to Dumfries House. Dumfries House was designed and built in the Palladian style by John and Robert Adam and furnished by furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale. Until 2007 the house and estate was the private property of the Marquis of Bute. In November 2007 the house and estate were purchased from 7th Marquis by a consortium led by HRH the Prince of Wales which saved the house, contents and estate from being broken up. Today an independent trust, The Great Steward’s of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust manages the presentation and maintenance of the house along with its fabulous collection and beautiful grounds.

Following a tour of the house we had a lovely lunch in the Coach House Café. Afterwards there was time to visit the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, Arboretum and Education Garden.

More photographs from this tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

Our Robert Burns, Culzean Castle and Dumfries House tour departs from Stance F (ZF), Waterloo Place, Edinburgh (next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery) and from George Square in Glasgow every Thursday until the end of October. This tour is also available for private or small groups from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway.

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