Culzean Castle, Burns Country and the Ayrshire Coast Day Tour

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, walks and dramatic coastal views as well the poems, songs and stories of Robert Burns.

If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Adult Prices: £33.00 - £36.00
Concession Prices: £30.00 - £33.00
Departs: 09.30
Returns: 18.00 approx
Departing: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (02/04/17 to 29/10/17)

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Itinerary

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 Parish Hall, 266 George Street (next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street), Glasgow.Click here to see map.

Inclusions
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

Exclusions
~Lunch and refreshments.
~Entrance fees 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
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

The view from Culzean Castle was magnificent. I enjoyed taking photos of the ruined castle at Dunure. I was glad we were able to have a docent tour of the Burns Museum.
Linda - 10/11/2015

This was a beautiful tour, the gardens and the beach views at the castle, the Burns town was all so very beautiful. Learning about Robert Burns was very interesting.
Pura J - 02/11/2015

The music 'made' the day. It was great. The fact that nothing was rushed and we had a good amount of time at the castle and then at Robert Burns home town was good.Murray was delightful. He was friendly, had a great sense of humour and lots of knowledge .
Kim - 05/10/2015

Our drive/guide was fantastic and had such interesting information to pass along. I loved all the destinations (even the windfarm haha) and am looking to book my next trip on Sunday with friends!
Emily - 25/09/2015

I was very hesitant to take any tour as I am legally blind but I found out that taking the 2 one day tours opened a whole new aspect to my life and this is the I way I would like to continue travelling. I am on a 6 day tournow and enjoying every minute of the time away.....I feel as if I am independently travelling again....just love it..
Elaine - 22/09/2015

Ewan was most helpful to us as pensioners. He waited at burns cottage for us and drove us to the museum.
Jill - 16/09/2015

This one day tour was a great start to our holiday in Scotland which we found both relaxing and informative. We enjoyed exploring Calzean Castle which was stunning and found the Ayshire Coast beautiful. Altogether a memorable trip made by our well informed tour guide Ewan.
Shelley and Richard - 06/09/2015

Loved everything.
Cathy - 11/05/2015

Traveller Photos

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Ayrshire Coast by Clan Thompson

Ayrshire Coast by Clan Thompson

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Culzean Castle by Clan Thompson

Culzean Castle by Clan Thompson

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Arran by Charles Campbell McCann

Arran by Charles Campbell McCann

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Culzean Castle -Burns by george

Culzean Castle -Burns by george

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BURNS AND AYRSHIRE COAST by john ( tour guide)

BURNS AND AYRSHIRE COAST by john ( tour guide)

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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 village of Alloway. 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).

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