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Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire & Arran

Location: 2 miles south of Largs, KA29 0BE (map and directions)

Near Fairlie, North Ayrshire, Kelburn Castle is a large house which serves as the seat of the Earl of Glasgow. Currently inhabited by the present Earl and his family, Kelburn Castle is one of the oldest castles in Scotland, and it has been continuously inhabited by the same family longer than any other castle in the country (Clan Boyle).

Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire & Arran copyright WF Millar
Kelburn Castle © WF Millar

History of Kelburn Castle

Kelburn was first built in the 13th century and while the original keep forms the core of the current structure, the castle was remodelled in the 16th century and again in 1700, this time giving it the appearance of a French chateau.

The land surrounding the castle is home to exotic gardens, trees, and Kelburn Glen, whose waterfalls and gorges are some of Scotlandís most beautiful natural attractions. The castle and its grounds make up the Kelburn Country Centre.

Map and directions

The grounds are open to the public from Easter through to early November, and the castle is open for guided tours at specific times of year.




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