Ayrshire Country Parks

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This page contains a list of Country Parks in Ayrshire that are popular for visits.

The Country Parks give a good insight into how wealthy landowners lived. The castles have magnificent interiors with some of the the finest furniture of the time. The gardens and grounds are fascinating with trees and plants brought back to the UK by the first explorers from the 1800s.

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Brodick Castle and grounds are situated about 3 miles north of Brodick on the Isle of Arran. The castle and grounds are open all year round from 09.00 till sunset with an entrance fee to the castle and park about £12 per adult..

This is the top visitor attraction on the Isle of Arran with castle tours, kids play, scenic gardens, and woodland with many trees imported centuries back.
nts.org.uk/Property . AS Photo Page . KA27 8HY.

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Culzean Castle & Country Park is situated about 12 miles south of Ayr. The park is open all year round with most of the castle open to the public from 1st April - October 31st 10.30 - 17.00. There are also the Eisenhower apartments in the castle that are available for holidays. Prices for entry to the castle & park about £15 per adult, park only £10.

This is the top visitor attraction in the southwest of Scotland with castle tours, large visitor centre, stunning gardens, walled garden, beach, deer park, and the estate to explore.
Website . AS Photo Page . Postcode: KA19 8LE.

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Dean Castle & Country Park is situated on the north side of Kilmarnock. Entrance to the park is free including guided tours of the castle that are available every day from 12.15 - 16.15 each hour April - September. The Visitor Centre & Children's Corner are open 11.00 - 17.00 summer and 11.00 - 16.00 winter.

The large grassland in front of the castle is popular in summer for laying around and playing games with the kids. Castle tours include the tower and palace. There are many scenic woodland walks, and a number of events held in the park each year such as Classic Car Rallies.
Website . AS Photo Page . Postcode: KA3 1XB.

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Eglinton Country Park is situated about one mile northeast of Irvine. The park is open to the public free of charge all year round.

You can explore the castle ruins, take a walk through the scenic grounds, let the kids use the large play grounds, view images and relics of the castle history in the visitor centre, and have a snack in the cafe.
Website . AS Photo Page . Postcode: KA12 8TA.

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Kelburn Castle situated about one mile south of Largs has views over the Firth of Clyde and island of Great Cumbrae. The castle is run separate from the country centre as it is used for holiday accommodation, banquets, weddings, conferences, and some tours.

There are good views of the castle from the country centre. The centre is open from Easter to the end of October with a charge of about £7 for adults and £4.50 for children. A family ticket is about £22.

The centre has pony trekking, many kids play areas, cafe and scenic woodland walks.
www.kelburncastle.com . Postcode: KA29 0BE.

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Loudoun Castle is situated 5 miles northeast of Kilmarnock next to the town of Galston. An amusement park was opened in the grounds in 1995 becoming one of Ayrshire's top visitor attractions. The park closed in 2010, it is unclear if it will be used for any other visitor attractions.

The Castle was severely damaged by fire in 1941 with all that remains are the walls. The walls are in excellent condition, so the castle no doubt be restored someday.
Postcode: KA4 8PE.

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See also Ayrshire Castles for more castles and abbeys that can be visited.

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