Culzean Castle © National Trust for Scotland

Culzean Castle, Robert Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast

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What You'll Do
  • Discover Scotland's charming Ayrshire Coast
  • Explore the magnificent Culzean Castle and Gardens
  • Take a cliff top walk to the ruined castle of Dunure
  • Visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and learn about Scotland's national poet
  • Listen to the ghostly stories of Alloway Old Kirk
  • Stand on the original "Brig O' Doon"
Overview
Explore the Ayrshire Coast, birthplace of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, on this full-day tour from Glasgow. Home to Culzean Castle and a romantic countryside, you'll find the region to be as captivating as described in the poems of Robert Burns.
What to Expect
Discover the charming Ayrshire Coast, birthplace of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, on this full-day tour from Glasgow.

Venture into the Renfrewshire Hills where the first stop of the day will give you a glimpse into the future at Europe's largest windfarm – big enough to supply clean energy to over 180,000 homes. From here, the road into Ayrshire passes through rich farming country with many small towns and villages.

On arrival at Culzean Country Park, you'll have the choice of visiting Culzean Castle and Gardens, or just the gardens and woodland walks. Culzean Castle dates from the late 18th century – a peaceful time in Scottish history, so it is less a defensive castle and more a great country house with fine furniture and beautiful architecture by Robert Adam. Sitting on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the views from the castle are superb and the surrounding gardens are breathtaking. For those who enjoy walking, there are miles of tracks and footpaths through the grounds – taking in the Swan Pond, deer park, and walled gardens, as well as rocky coves and sandy beaches.

After lunch, follow the coastline to the tiny fishing village of Dunure with its ancient ruined castle and dark history. Continuing on, the road leads down into the outskirts of the market town of Ayr. This is the countryside of Robert Burns, and you'll see many places mentioned in his poems and songs. The recently redeveloped Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway will tell you about the life of this remarkable man. There are also riverside walks, the Auld Brig, and the haunted ruins of an old church to explore before returning to Glasgow.
What's Included
  • Deluxe bus transport throughout
  • Expert local driver/guide
What's Not Included
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

This tour departs on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 09:30 from outside Parish Hall, 266 George Street in Glasgow. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please note that an entry fee (GBP 10.50) is payable at Culzean Castle and there is no free alternative at this stop.

Because this tour spends time off the bus and features opportunities to take nature walks, it is recommended that you bring suitable clothing and footwear.

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