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1 Day Tour – Culzean Castle, Burns country and Ayrshire coast

1 Day Tour – Culzean Castle, Burns country and Ayrshire coast

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Duration

9 hours

Max People

16

Min Age

5+

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Overview

Discover the rich tapestry of Scottish history and culture on our captivating Culzean Castle Burns Country and Ayrshire coast tour departing from Glasgow. This full-day guided tour takes you on a journey through some of Scotland's most iconic landmarks, offering a blend of historical significance and natural wonder.

Turnberry castle ruin - Robert the Bruce's birth place

Our adventure begins with a scenic drive south from Glasgow to Turnberry Castle, a place of great historical importance. It was here, in the heart of Ayrshire, that the legendary King Robert the Bruce was born. You'll have the opportunity to explore what's left of the ruins of this medieval fortress and immerse yourself in the stories of Scotland's heroic past. Gaze out over the rugged coastline where you will see Ailsa Craig to the south west and if you look directly west you will see another of our tour locations, the Isle of Arran otherwise known as Scotland in miniature.

Culzean Castle

Continuing our journey, we head to Culzean Castle, a jewel of Ayrshire. Perched dramatically on a cliff overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Culzean Castle is a masterpiece of Georgian architecture. Its stunning setting and lush gardens make it a photographer's dream. Inside, you'll find an array of lavish rooms, each filled with historical treasures and art. Delve into the paintings to uncover their inherent truth. The castle also boasts a fascinating history, having once been the home of the Kennedy family. It now belongs to an incredible charity, the National trust for Scotland which looks after many properties all over Scotland.

Magic road

Leaving Culzean Castle behind, we pass through the enigmatic Electric Brae. This natural phenomenon is a gravity hill, where a car seemingly defies gravity by rolling uphill. It's a fascinating optical illusion that has baffled visitors for centuries.

Robert Burns birthplace museum

Our next stop is the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, a tribute to Scotland's national poet. Here, you'll gain insight into the life and work of Robert Burns, one of the most celebrated poets in the world. Learn about the poet's enduring legacy. With an extensive collection of over 5000 manuscripts and countless other artefacts associated with Robert Burns. The museum stands as the foremost custodian of Robert Burns memorabilia worldwide. We will also see a few other landmarks from the great bards poem, Tam O'Shanter.

Return to Glasgow

As the day draws to a close, we'll make our way back to Glasgow, taking with us the memories of a day filled with history, natural wonders, and the indelible spirit of Scotland. This Culzean Castle, Burns Country, and Ayrshire tour promises to be an unforgettable experience that you will always remember.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach
  • Bottled water
  • Air Filtration system onboard
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide
  • Laughs along the way
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments)

Tour Plan

Tour Info

Check-in at 8:45am

The Check in Location is outside of Citizen M hotel at 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW

Departure time 9am

Bus leaves at this time, so make sure you are here 15 minutes before, that way you’ll get your pick of seats and if you sit close to the driver you’ll get aw the banter. The patter. (The laugh and jokes).

End of tour 6pm (Approx)

Late Arrivals

In the event that you are running late PLEASE give us a call and let us know, If we don't hear from you by 7:50am, we will attempt to call you, (we really don't want you to miss your tour). If by 8am you haven't arrived we will have to leave and you won't be refunded. (Please be on time) so that we can all have a Craicin Tour.

Children

We do not carry passengers under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

What's included in the price

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air Filtration system onboard. (WEBASCO or similar).
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide.
  • A very warm welcome and many laughs and stories along the way.

What's not included in the price

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments).

Recommended items to bring on the tour with you

  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Warm Clothing (You can always take layers off if it's too hot).
  • Comfortable shoes/boots for rough wet terrain.
  • Good comfortable socks.
  • Sun Screen (Recommended SPF30 (UVB) with 4 star UVA protection).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera/Smart Phone. (So that you will always remember your day with us).
  • Cash. (Most places take card but it's handy to have cash too).

Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Itinerary

We will start the day by heading south from Glasgow going past Europe's largest wind farm which powers over 180,000 homes, we will continue south until we get into Ayrshire where the adventure really begins. 

Our first stop is a picturesque little fishing village called Dunure which features its own castle which sits right on the sea front, alongside excellent sea views you also get to look out over the water and see ”Scotland in miniature” the Isle of Arran and if you look further south again you’ll see the island Ailsa Craig which is a bird sanctuary, this is where all the granite that they use to make curling stones is quarried from, the company that makes the stones is the only company in the world that makes curling stones that are used in competition and the Winter Olympics.

Once we have visited Dunure and learnt about its dark past we will travel to the Greatest King in Scotlands birthplace, Turnberry Castle, it’s now a ruin, and like Dunure Castle sits right on the sea front. Robert the Bruce himself in 1310 ordered that Turnberry castle be destroyed so as not to end up in English hands. You can also see the old World war 2 airfields on the way to the castle as well as the lighthouse that stands right next to where the castle once stood.

We then take a short drive back up the coast and arrive at Culzean Castle country park, where you can visit the 18th century country house that’s been linked to smuggling, , the smugglers used to use the underground caves right beneath the castle to store all their smuggled goods and then travel to sell it under the cover of darkness. You can also enjoy the massive walled gardens and the forest tracks that surround the castle. Inside the castle, look out for one of the paintings in the castle and have a really good look, we’ll point the picture out, it’s amazing! There’s so much to see in the castle, it’s got weapons that were likely used in the Jacobite uprising from swords, to cannons. It truly is remarkable!

Our next stop is in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns birthplace museum. We will stop for lunch in the café and then you’ll have time to explore the museum with over 5000 artefacts that belongs to Robert Burns, take a walk along poets path to the “spooky” Auld Alloway Kirk where Tam o’Shanter was chased, a short walk from the Kirk is the Brig o‘ Doon in which Tam o’Shanter escaped the witches and warlocks but poor old Meg, Tam’s horse wasn’t so lucky, she got her tail “ripped aff” before they made it to safety.

We will then head back to Glasgow where the tour ends.  

You can ask your guide for information on our other exciting tours we have to offer.

Remember, we also create bespoke tours to suit your needs where we will work together with you to get your perfect unforgettable tour.

Tour highlights

  • Culzean Castle - Right on the edge of a cliff with the sea below you this castle is an absolutely stunning example of Architecture with a vast array of gardens.
  • The Electric Brae - Will we be heading up or down on this optical illusion road on the coast of Ayrshire.
  • Turnberry castle ruin (Robert the Bruce’s birthplace) - The remains of the castle that the Greatest king Scotland has ever seen was born, right on the shores of South Ayrshire.
  • Dunure castle, village and harbour - Beautiful little seaside fishing village on the coast of Ayrshire, it’s castle is also right on the waters edge. It has excellent views over to the Isle of Arran.
  • Burns Cottage - Hand made by Burns father, Robert burn’s birthplace and residence up until the age of seven.
  • Burns Birthplace Museum - Biggest Burns museum and has the largest collection of Burns artefacts and belongings in the world.

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