| Culzean Castle is one of the National
Trust for Scotland's most treasured properties, and is
located just 10 miles from Ayr. Between 1777 and 1792
Robert Adam converted a rather ordinary fortified tower
house into this elegant bachelor residence for David Kennedy,
10th Earl of Cassillis.
The Castle contains a fine collection of paintings
and furniture, and a display of weapons in the Armory.
The Circular Saloon has a superb panoramic view over
the Firth of Clyde and the beautiful Oval Staircase
is Robert Adam's final masterpiece of interior design.
In 1945 the top floor was given to General Eisenhower
as a token of Scotland's recognition of his role during
World War II. His apartment is now run as a small country
house hotel, and an Eisenhower Exhibition in the castle
tells something of Ike the man and his visits to Culzean.
Culzean was also Scotland's first country park; created
in 1969 and consisting of 563 acres, it contains a wealth
of natural and historical interest. Miles of woodland
walks take the visitor to the Deer Park, along the Cliff
Walk or to the many restored estate buildings, such
as the Ruined Arch and Viaduct, beautiful Camellia House
and unique Pagoda. Garden areas include the terraced
Fountain Court and the Walled Garden with its redesigned
pleasure garden and impressive reconstructed Victorian
Vinery. Visit the Castle and explore the grounds at
your leisure before returning to the ship