Culzean Castle and Country Park

One of architect Robert Adam’s masterpieces is the Culzean Castle (and Country Park), in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Following his father’s career, Robert Adam was the pioneer of 18th-century Scottish architecture. And British since he designed Bath’s famous Pulteney Bridge as well.

Owned by the National Trust for Scotland today, the castle is hauned and numerous ghosts are claimed to live around. One of them is a piper whose music can be heard whenever there was a wedding in the Kennedy family – clan to be exact since the castle had been owned by them before they gave it to the National Trust.

The castle has a bloody history, however, it was never attacked by the English. The countryside around the castel inspired Scottish poet Robert Burns, a resident of Ayshire.

Clan Kennedy – the Scottish one – is a descendant of Robert the Bruce. It was David Kennedy, the 10th Earl of Cassillis wo got Robert Adam to build a magnificient castle on the property to show the family’s power and wealth. Actually both David Kennedy and Robert Adam had died before the castle was completed in 1772.

The top floor is called the Eisenhower House, named after the 34th American president Dwight D. Eisenhower who occasionally stayed there both as a general and later as a president. The rooms are available for lodging on holiday as well as several cottages in the castle’s great park.

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