Culzean Castle & Country Park | June 2023
Updated: 27 April 2023
Wednesday 7 June 2023
Culzean Castle and Country Park
We’re arranging a coach trip to Culzean Castle and Country Park, owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Places are being snapped up, so if you or someone you know wishes a place reserved please get in touch.
Leaving from Kippen at 9.00am, Buchlyvie 9.10am, Balfron 9.20am, Killearn 9.25am, Blanefield 9.35am.
Arrive Culzean Castle 11.00am
Guided Tour of Walled Garden
Lunch – if required at your own expense or bring your own
Wildflower walk in the grounds, then free time
Depart Culzean 4.30pm
Arrive Western House Hotel, located on the edge of Ayr Racecourse
Evening meal at 5.00pm
Depart by 7.00pm for home.
National Trust Members £38 (proof of membership required), otherwise Adults £50, Concessions £46.
Pay by cash, cheque made out to Killearn Cottagers Horticultural Society, or bank transfer to the Society’s account (sort code 80-12-48, account 00387993) giving your name as the reference.
ALL MONIES TO BE PAID BY 17th May 2023
Contact either Kevin or Mary before 17th May:
phone 01360 550973
phone 01360 550983
About the Castle and grounds
Opulent to the extreme, the country park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.
The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, incorporating everything the earl could wish for in his country home. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.
You can read more below and on the National Trust for Scotland website.
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Built in the 18th century, the Walled Garden at Culzean is one of the largest in Scotland and a significant garden in our care. It consists of two sections divided by a spine wall – the pleasure garden and the kitchen garden, which supplies fruit and vegetables to our catering facilities.
This was once one of the most innovative gardens in Scotland –pushing horticultural boundaries in the past included the cultivation of peaches, nectarines and apricots gifted to Sir John Kennedy as early as 1730. The onion ‘Ailsa Craig’ was bred by a gardener working at Culzean in the 1870s.
Over the past year, volunteers and staff at Culzean have been hard at work restoring the gardens, keeping them innovative and fresh. Seeding their ideas together to add a 21st-century twist to the historical landscape, the team are using a range of horticultural techniques and skills from the Victorian age to the present day.