Discover your heritage and ancestral roots or just visit the stunning Ayrshire and the Isles of Arran. Located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, easy to reach in just 1h hour south of Glasgow. We are in Robert Burns land, the world-wide celebrated national poet of Scotland.
Visit his birthplace before heading to the spectacular Culzean Castle and Country Park. Standing on a dramatic clifftop surrounded by 600 acres of stunning countryside you will be fascinated by its sight. Then follow Eisenhower’s foot-steps, who was presented with an apartment in the castle for his achievements in World War 2. The apartment operates now as a 6-bedroom bed and breakfast. Moreover you can also stay in a rural cottage within the castle grounds. To unwind, visit a countryside pub, where your forefathers might have had a drink. Alternatively go ghost-hunting.
A ghostly piper heralds since his marriage into the Kennedy family. Visitors can hear him skirting away on stormy nights. Furthermore his figure has been seen in the grounds, specifically on Piper’s Brae and also by the ruined church. There were also several strange apparitions within the castle itself. The figure of a woman in a ball gown was often spotted near in the state rooms. In addition a strangely, vague apparition was reported by several witnesses in one of the corridors.
Culzean also involves a wonderfully gruesome tale so typical of Scottish history. Allan Stewart the Commendator of Crossraguel Abbey was taken down to the dungeons by the Earl of Cassilis who was keen to obtain new land. There he was roasted near to death over a spit until he agreed to sign the Crossraguel Abbey lands over to him. It is thought that this event accounts for the sound of a crackling fire and agonising screams which occasionally can be heard in the depths of the castle vaults.
On the following day you will see the unique Kelburn Castle which had an almost complete makeover by a team of Brazilian artists. Its park boasts of natural beauty with deep gorges. Near by lies the famous Kelburn Glen will surely also fascinate you. Let your mind ease with a walk along the clifftops. Take your time and unwind. The picturesque, conservationist village of Kirkmichael is the next stop on your tailored tour. There you can experience the simple beauty and peacefulness of Scottish country life.
End the day with a visit to the Scottish dark sky observatory located in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. Stargazing will provide you with an everlasting memory of almost pure beauty.
LET YOUR MIND EASE WITH A WALK ALONG THE CLIFFTOPS, TAKE YOUR TIME AND UNWINDReady For A New Experience?
As an optional extension to your journey we recommend a visit to the Isles of Arran. These are not to be confused with the Aran Islands in Ireland. They are however no less spectacular.
The Isles of Arran, also called “Miniature Scotland” combine tranquil beauty of the southern lowlands with the spectacular features of the Highlands.
Relatively unspoilt from modern tourism, albeit easy to reach within 1 hour of Glasgow, the Aran Island are a truly unique destination.
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