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Culzean Castle, Robert Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast

Culzean Castle, Robert Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Explore the Ayrshire Coast, birthplace of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, on this full-day tour from Glasgow. Home to Culzean Castle and a romantic countryside, you'll find the region to be as captivating as described in the poems of Robert Burns.

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  • Discover Scotland's charming Ayrshire Coast
  • Explore the magnificent Culzean Castle and Gardens
  • Take a cliff top walk to the ruined castle of Dunure
  • Visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and learn about Scotland's national poet
  • Listen to the ghostly stories of Alloway Old Kirk
  • Stand on the original "Brig O' Doon"
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Discover the charming Ayrshire Coast, birthplace of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, on this full-day tour from Glasgow. Venture into the Renfrewshire Hills where the first stop of the day will give you a glimpse into the future at Europe's largest windfarm – big enough to supply clean energy to over 180,000 homes. From here, the road into Ayrshire passes through rich farming country with many small towns and villages. On arrival at Culzean Country Park, you'll have the choice of visiting Culzean Castle and Gardens, or just the gardens and woodland walks. Culzean Castle dates from the late 18th century – a peaceful time in Scottish history, so it is less a defensive castle and more a great country house with fine furniture and beautiful architecture by Robert Adam. Sitting on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the views from the castle are superb and the surrounding gardens are breathtaking. For those who enjoy 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. After lunch, 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 outskirts of the market town of Ayr. This is the countryside of Robert Burns, and you'll see many places mentioned in his poems and songs. The recently redeveloped Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway will tell you about the life of this remarkable man. There are also riverside walks, the Auld Brig, and the haunted ruins of an old church to explore before returning to Glasgow.
  • Deluxe bus transport throughout
  • Expert local driver/guide
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

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9:30 AM from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW Stance 23 to 32.

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  • Please note that an entry fee of £10.50 is payable at Culzean Castle and there is no free alternative at this stop
  • Because this tour spends time off the bus and features opportunities to take nature walks, it is recommended that you bring suitable clothing and footwear
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
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4.8 /5

based on 31 reviews

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My friend and I really enjoyed this tour. Frazer was an amazing tour guide, friendly, knowledgeable, funny and flexible giving us the choice to chose which destinations we wanted to spend more time at. Highly recommended the tour if you like history and beautiful sights. Would definitely book with Rabbie's again.

April 27, 2022

nice tour in small group

we started in glasgow on time. John our tourguide entertained us with a few stories and otherwise there was some scottish music on the bus. the castle could be visited optionally, otherwise you can also engage in the surrounding park and gardens for about 3 hours or go to the beach is a very scenic area. then it went to the Robert Bruns Birthplace Museum and Park.

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June 29, 2017

Fantastically beautiful tour with great impressions!

Started on time from Glasgow towards Culzean Castle, we had a lot of fun with our driver Ian! Culzean Castle is not just the castle, it has an entire national park. In 3 hours stay we were able to collect many impressions. On the way back we made a stop at the Robert Bruns Birthplace Museum, the associated park was also very worth seeing. A very successful trip with many other stops, which we would be happy to recommend!

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May 20, 2016

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