Scotland camping review

Culzean Castle – Fortify yourself with a stay at a site set in castle grounds

The site is in the grounds of the 18th-century Culzean (pronounced Cul-lane) Castle. The castle has elegant Adam interiors, a visitor centre and a country park claimed to be “the most magnificent in Britain”. From the shore you can see across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and the superb here

Along the coast is Ayr, the county town of Ayrshire. It is also the capital of “Burns Country” -home to Burns Cottage, the Burns National Heritage Park and the Burns Monument at nearby Alloway.
For lovers of Scotland’s industrial past there is the maritime museum at Irvine, and Clydebuilt at Braehead near Glasgow. Here you can take the role of a Glasgow merchant, load your cargo and steer your ship into harbour.
Children love the animals and all the other activities – some are for adults as well – at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park. Call In at Electric Brae on the way back to the site.
From Ardrossan there is a ferry to the Isle of Arran, from Stranraer sailings to Belfast.
Activities in the school holidays and a playground in the castle grounds keep children happy.
There is a full programme of events taking place at Culzean Castle and Country Park throughout the year. These include jousting, Scottish country dancing and various music festivals.
Every Saturday you can find a farmers’ market selling local produce, on the Kyle Shopping Centre car park. On Sundays there is a large car boot sale and market on Ayr racecourse
The site shop is well stocked. Maybole has a small supermarket, Ayr has larger supermarkets and shops. There are a number of good local restaurants.
Campers who are not members of The National Trust can use their camp site till receipt to gain access to Culzean Country Park, but not the castle.