Castles in Ayrshire and Arran
Ayrshire and Arran Island are beautifully situated along the stunning Clyde Coast. Boasting exquisite scenery, abundant outdoor activities, fantastic accommodation, fine golf courses, delicious dining and an interesting history, the region of Ayrshire and Arran is well worth a visit. Explore lush country parks, wind your way through market towns or investigate the grand castles of Ayrshire and Arran. Whilst venturing around this marvelous landscape, be sure to stop by Ayrshire's castles such as Brodick Castle, Culzean Castle and Loudon Castle. Viewing the Castles of Ayrshire is a remarkable journey into the past of Scotland.
Off the west coast of Scotland on the Isle of Arran stands a magnificent red sandstone castle, amidst the forests at the foot of Goatfell Mountain. This is Brodick Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. The name Brodick means 'broad bay' in Norse.
The top floor apartment of Culzean Castle was presented to General Eisenhower in 1945 in recognition of his role during World War II – a thank you from Scotland. Today that apartment is rented to paying guests by the National Trust for Scotland, who received the castle from the 5th Marquess of Ailsa and the Kennedy family in 1945.
Loudoun Castle in Ayrshire, south-west of Glasgow, stands about a mile from Galston. It was the ancestral home of the Campbell family of Loudoun. The earliest four storey square tower with a battlement, probably built by the Craufurds, incorporated into the present ruins dates to either the 12th or 13th century. In 1601, the First Earl of Loudoun, Sir John Campbell, Chancellor of Scotland, erected additional buildings to the south of the old keep which were included in the later rebuilding.