Une journée passée à découvrir les beautés de l’Ayrshire rural – une région que les visiteurs connaissent moins mais qui foisonne de châteaux fascinants, de culture et d’histoire.
Endroits à découvrir
- 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
Une journée passée à découvrir les beautés de l’Ayrshire rural – une région que les visiteurs connaissent moins mais qui foisonne de châteaux fascinants, de culture et d’histoire. Détendez-vous en explorant les collines ondulantes et le paysage côtier spectaculaire de l’un des joyaux cachés de l‘Ecosse.
Ce circuit est idéal pour ceux qui aiment les beaux châteaux, les jardins et les promenades ainsi que les poèmes, chansons et histoires de Robert Burns.
Étudiants, personnes plus de l'âge de 60, et enfants (entre 5 et 15 ans)
Après le départ de Glasgow le premier arrêt de la journée est au plus grand champ d’éoliennes d’Europe: il peut fournir de l’énergie non polluanteà plus de 180 000 maisons. De là ce n’est qu’ un court trajet vers le sud pour arriver au château de Culzean et ses jardins. L’entrée est payante (veuillez noter qu’il n’y a pas d’option gratuite à cet arrêt). Le château date de la fin du 18ème siècle , une époque de paix dans l’histoire de l’Ecosse, ce qui signifie qu’il est moins un château défensif qu’une superbe demeure seigneuriale avec la belle architecture de Robert Adam et un ameublement d’une grande qualité. Grâce à sa situation, perchée au bord des falaises dominant l’estuaire de la Clyde, il offre des vues splendides et les jardins qui l’entourent sont magnifiques. Ce sera également votre pause-déjeuner.
Après le déjeuner vous suivrez la côte jusqu’à Dunur, un tout petit village de pêcheurs qui possède un ancien château en ruines et une sombre histoire . Le circuit continue en traversant le pays de Robert Burns – le poète national de l’Ecosse – et vous verrez de nombreux endroits qui sont mentionnés dans ses poèmes et ses chansons. Le centre pour les visiteurs à Alloway a été rénové récemment et vous expliquera tout ce que vous avez besoin de savoir sur cet homme remarquable: fils d’un fermier pauvre et maintenant célèbre comme l’auteur de “Auld Lang Syne”, une chanson d’amitié connue et chantée dans le monde entier.
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 wind farm – 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.
My family and I had a great day doing this tour around the southwest coast of Scotland. The views from Culzean Castle are absolutely magnificent! Nice trip and nice guide. I would opt again for rabbies!
We had an amazing guide, Ian, that took us on this tour. It was only our fourth day in Scotland and we learned so much in a short amount of time due to his wealth of knowledge. We got to see some beautiful castles on the coastline and walk in the gardens in Burns Country. This trip to Scotland overall is for our honeymoon after 4 years of marriage. We would recommend this tour to any couple in love...it was very romantic. Ian - thank you for sharing your passion for Scotland with us!! We greatly appreciated all of your lovely stories and history :-) Sincerely, Jennifer Douglas Christy (Groton, CT, USA)
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