Culzean Castle, Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Culzean Castle, Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Culzean Castle is a castle near Maybole, Carrick, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland.
It is the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa, the chief of Clan Kennedy,
Culzean Castle - near Carrick, Ayrshire coast of Scotland

Culzean Castle - Ayrshire, Scotland

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Culzean Castle was constructed as an L-plan castle by order of the 10th Earl of Cassilis. He instructed the architect Robert Adam to rebuild a previous, but more basic, structure into a fine country house to be the seat of his earldom. The castle was built in stages between 1777 and 1792. It incorporates a large drum tower with a circular saloon inside (which overlooks the sea), a grand oval staircase and a suite of well-appointed apartments.

In 1945, the Kennedy family gave the castle and its grounds to the National Trust for Scotland (thus avoiding inheritance tax). In doing so, they stipulated that the apartment at the top of the castle be given to General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower in recognition of his role as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during the Second World War. The General first visited Culzean Castle in 1946 and stayed there four times, including once while President of the United States. An Eisenhower exhibition occupies one of the rooms, with mementoes of his lifetime.

The Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick's Own) Yeomanry, a British Yeomanry cavalry regiment, was formed by The Earl of Cassillis at Culzean Castle in about 1794. On 24 June 1961, the regiment returned to the castle to be presented with its first guidon byGeneral Sir Horatius Murray, KBE, CB, DSO.

The Castle is reputed to be home to at least seven ghosts including a piper and a servant girl.

Culzean Castle is used as the castle of Lord Summersisle (played by Christopher Lee) in the 1973 cult film The Wicker Man. The scenes here were filmed in February 1972.

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