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Culzean Castle, Burns Country and the Ayrshire Coast

Highlights:
~ Magnificent Culzean Castle and Gardens
~ Clifftop walk
~ Dunure and the Ayrshire Coast
~ Robert Burns birthplace museum
~ Alloway Old Kirk (Church)
~ The original  "Brig O' Doon"
~ Whitelee Windfarm



A day spent discovering the highlights of rural Ayrshire – an area that is less well known to visitors but full of fascinating castles, culture and history. Relax as you explore the rolling hills and dramatic coastal scenery of one of Scotland’s “hidden secrets”.

This tour is ideal for those who love beautiful castles, gardens and walks as well the poems, songs and stories of Robert Burns.

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.30       Returns: 18.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £35 - £35
Discount Prices:  £32 - £32
Departing: Thursday and Sunday (April to October)

 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Departing from Glasgow the first stop of the day is at Europe’s largest windfarm – big enough to supply clean energy to over 180,000 homes. From here the road south into Ayrshire is quick and you will soon arrive at Culzean Castle and Gardens. An entry fee is payable on arrival. (Please note there is no free option at this stop). The castle dates from the late 18th Century – a peaceful time in Scottish history so it is less a defensive castle and more like a great country house with fine furniture and beautiful Robert Adam architecture. Sitting right on the edge of the cliffs looking out over the Firth of Clyde the views are superb and the surrounding gardens are beautiful. This will also be your lunch stop

After lunch you will follow the coastline to the tiny fishing village of Dunure with its ancient ruined castle and dark history. Continuing on, the road leads through the countryside of Robert Burn’s – Scotland national poet - and you will see many places mentioned in his poems and songs. The recently redeveloped visitor centre in Alloway will tell you all you need to know about this remarkable man – born a poor farmer’s son but now famous as the writer of “Auld Lang Syne” – a song known and sung in friendship throughout the world.

From here we return to Glasgow for approx. 18.00

Departure Point
Outside Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow (next to Greggs). Click here to see map.

 

Inclusions
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Air Conditioning as standard.
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide 

 

Exclusions
Lunch and refreshments.
Entrance to all visitor attractions.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Michael wellcame us very friendly and gave us good information about the places and was talkative. We stopped at Robert Burns Place while Michael was eager to find out with his smart phone and translate a particular poem I was interested in. Culean Castle and its lovely garden was a perfect relaxing place! Thank you very much for this great tour!!!!!!!
Posted by Anke on 01/11/2013


Graham was very friendly and knowledgable. We actually had lunch at the places we visited rather than stopping at random places which takes up more time. The overall itinerary is excellent.
Posted by Linda on 31/07/2013


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Departing from Glasgow you quickly climb 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 south into Ayrshire is quick and easy passing through rich farming country with many small towns and villages.


On arrival at Culzean Country Park you will have the choice of visiting the castle and gardens or just the gardens and woodland walks. An entry fee is payable on arrival. (Please note there is no free option at this stop). The castle dates from the late 18th Century – a peaceful time in Scottish history so it is less a defensive castle and more like a great country house with fine furniture and beautiful Robert Adam architecture. Sitting right on the edge of the cliffs looking out over the Firth of Clyde the views are superb and the surrounding gardens are beautiful. For those who like 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. This will also be your lunch stop


After lunch you will 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 Burn’s – Scotland national poet -  and you will see many places mentioned in his poems and songs –from Auld Kirk Alloway to the “Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon”. The recently redeveloped visitor centre will tell you all you need to know about this remarkable man – born a poor farmer’s son but now famous as the writer of “Auld Lang Syne” – a song known and sung in friendship throughout the world. There are also riverside walks and the Auld Brig (old bridge) to explore as well as the haunted ruins of the old church.
From here we return to Glasgow for  approx. 18.00

 

Photography Credits:
Visit Britain.
Visit Scotland.
Britainonview.
National Trust for Scotland.
Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts, Le Cardinal, Roger Griffith (Dunure Castle).