Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast
Places you’ll explore
Magnificent Culzean Castle and Gardens – Witness the great beauty of Culzean Castle and its splendid grounds.
Clifftop walk – Gaze over the stunning Firth of Clyde from this traditional beauty spot.
Dunure and the Ayrshire Coast – Explore the sinister past and dark history of Dunure and its ruined coastal castle.
Robert Burns birthplace museum – Discover the roots of the most famous of Scots.
Alloway Old Kirk (Church) – Stand where witches danced and frolicked in this notorious setting for one of Burns’ most famous poems.
The original “Brig O’ Doon” – This ancient medieval bridge’s famous arch is home to many stories of witchcraft and folklore.
Whitelee Windfarm – Behold Europe’s largest windfarm, an incredible space which powers 180,000 Scottish homes with clean energy
Prices per person in 2019
- 1st – 12th April : £35 / £32 discounted
- 13th April – 31st May: £37 / £34 discounted
- June – September: £39 / £36 discount
- October: £37 / £34 discounted
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)
Discover the landscapes and myths that inspired Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns.
You spend the day discovering the fascinating castles, culture and history at a relaxing pace.
This tour is ideal for those who love beautiful castles, gardens, walks and dramatic coastal views, as well as the poems, songs and stories of Robert Burns
09.30 – Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QX – 3 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street railway station, just off George Square.
(Stirling customers please note, this tour starts and ends in Glasgow and does not come anywhere near Stirling. From Stirling to Glasgow you have 4 trains every hour, taking between 25 – 40 minutes each way)
- Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
- Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
- Air conditioning as standard
- The stories and services of a driver-guide
- Entry fees to visitor attractions
Departing from Glasgow you quickly climb into the Renfrewshire Hills where the first stop of the day will give you a glimpse into the future at Europe’s largest wind farm – big enough to supply clean energy to over 180,000 homes. From here the road south into Ayrshire is quick and easy passing through rich farming country with many small towns and villages.
On arrival at Culzean Country Park you will have the choice of visiting the castle and gardens or just the gardens and woodland walks. An entry fee is payable on arrival. (Please note there is no free option at this stop). The castle dates from the late 18th Century – a peaceful time in Scottish history so it is less a defensive castle and more like a great country house with fine furniture and beautiful Robert Adam architecture. Sitting right on the edge of the cliffs looking out over the Firth of Clyde the views are superb and the surrounding gardens are beautiful. For those who like 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. This will also be your lunch stop.
After lunch you will 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 village of Alloway. This is the countryside of Robert Burn’s – Scotland national poet – and you will see many places mentioned in his poems and songs –from Auld Kirk Alloway to the “Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon”. The recently redeveloped visitor centre will tell you all you need to know about this remarkable man – born a poor farmer’s son but now famous as the writer of “Auld Lang Syne” – a song known and sung in friendship throughout the world. There are also riverside walks and the Auld Brig (old bridge) to explore as well as the haunted ruins of the old church. From here we return to Glasgow.
Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I shall be happy to assist.