The highlight of our recent trip to Scotland was undoubtedly our visit to Culzean Castle (pronounced Kul-AYN) in Ayrshire to the south of Glasgow.
The present castle was built on the site of earlier, more rudimentary, structures between 1777 and 1792 by the renowned architect Robert Adam with later additions in the 19th century, for the Kennedy clan headed by the 10th Earl of Cassilis.
In 1945 the castle was handed over to the National Trust for Scotland on the condition that the top floor was gifted to the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in recognition of his role in World War II. Eisenhower visited the castle on four occasions including once while President of the United States and the top floor of the castle is now a country house hotel and the President’s bedroom can be used – for a hefty price.
Culzean was closed for renovations recently following a gift of $4million from American William Lindsay (who strangely enough never set foot in Scotland) and re-opened in 2011.
Luckily enough our visit coincided with some gloriously sunny autumn weather so we were able to enjoy it to the full…