culzean castle & BURNS COUNTRY

FROM GLASGOW

On this One Day Tour to Culzean Castle & Country Park and the Birthplace of Robert Burns in Alloway is ideal for adults and children alike. You are rarely away from great views of the River Clyde.

Leaving Glasgow behind, you travel west towards the town of Greenock with endless view of the river. We have a photo-stop at Lyle Hill with impressive scenes over the river towards Dunoon and the Argyll Hills.

You then journey towards the seaside town of Largs and hear about the famous battle and the emblem of Scotland.

Moving on, our next stop is Portencross Castle with amazing views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and beyond. It is now time to travel into South Ayrshire and the magnificent Culzean Castle and Country Park.

After lunch, we journey a short distance to Dunure Castle. Sitting on the cliff top overlooking Clyde Estuary, it has great history.  

Again, it is a short journey to Allowey, the “Burns Country”. You visit the birthplace of Robert Burns, Caledonia’s Bard. You visit Burns Cottage, Brig O’ Doon and the Birthplace Museum.

After a busy day, it is time to made your way back to Glasgow by mid-evening.

what to expect

As we leave the Greenock (Glasgow) Ocean Terminal, we travel west through the seaside towns of Gourock and Wemyss Bay to the seaside town of Largs where we learn of the vikings and the Thistle, the emblem of Scotland. 

From here we pass Fairlie and West Kilbride , making a brief stop at Portencross Castle. On a clear day you will get spectacular views over the firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran. It also holds a place in the history of Scottish Kings.

We then journey through South Ayrshire to  parkland, with the Castle commanding magnificent views over the Isle of Arran and beyond. This 18th century castle was once the home of the Marquiss of Ailsa, head of the Clan Kennedy, but is now lovingly cared for by the National Trust of Scotland. The interior of the castle shows the Marquiss’ wealth as does the formal gardens and fruit filled greenhouses. There is also a connection with US presidents.

Moving on, we travel up the coast to the Village of Dunure and a brief stop at the ruined Dunure Castle, which was also owned by the Clan Kennedy and has a grim history.  You learn of the feud between them and the Stuarts, which ended badly.

As we continue onwards, the road bring us to the village of Alloway, the birthplace of “Caledonia’s Bard” – Robert Burns. Here we will visit Burns’ Cottage in which he was born and educated, visit Brig O’ Doon and “Alloway’s Auld Haunted Kirk”, which inspired him to write “Tam O’ Shanter”. We take a stoll along the Poets Path to enjoy the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & Visitor Centre and learn about this farmer’s son, who penned the world famous ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and over 600 other works of poetry and songs.

We eventually make our way back to the Greenock (Glasgow) Ocean terminal 60-90 minutes before your departure time..

Duration:  8 – 10 hours