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The Castles of Ayrshire - Scotland
Alphabetical List with Links

Ayrshire Travel & Accommodation Information - click here

Aiket16T
Ailsa Craig16T Photo on Maybole Community Council web site
Ardmillan16T
Ardrossan15KK
Ardstinchar15KK
Auchans16T
Auchenharvie15K
Auchinleck--
Auchincloich-K
Auchinloss16T
Baltersan tower-house
near Maybole, Ayrshire
16L Maybole Community Council web site
Barbieston--
Barr16K Barr Castle
Blair16Lm
Blairquhan 16T Blairquhan Castle
Bradan--
Brigend16T
Brockloch16L
Brunston17T
Busbie17T
Camregan--
Caprington15KKm
Carlton15KK
Carnell15KK
Cassillis14T
Cessnock15C
Clonbeith16T
Cloncaird16- Cloncaird Castle web site
Available for weddings and corporate hospitality
Self catering cottages also available
Corsehill--
Craigie13T
Craigneil15KK
Craufurdland16T Official web site
Available for B&B, self catering accommodation, weddings and private events.
Crosbie Tower17L
Culzean18- Accommodation in the 'Eisenhower Hotel'
Owned by the National Trust of Scotland
Dean15KK Once known as Kilmarnock Castle
Info and photos by the Baron of Kilmarnock
Drongan15K
Dundonald14KK Official web site
Reconstruction drawing by Andrew Spratt
Dunduff15L
Dunure13K Birthplace of the Scottish Kennedy family.
History by James Brown of Baltersan.
Maybole Community Council web site.
Reconstruction drawing by Andrew Spratt
Eglinton16-
Fairlie15K
Gadgirth14-
Giffen15KK
Glenapp Castle
Glenapp Castle
Glenapp Castle: a luxury retreat on the coast.
Dinner, B&B accommodation (17 rooms & suites) or hire for your exclusive use.
Weddings, banquets, etc.
Glengarnock15KK
Greenan
(near Ayr)
16T History
Hessilhead15KK
Hunterston15KK
Keirs13K
Kelburn16T Country centre & estate
Kerelaw14K
Kilbirnie Place15KK
Kilhenzie16L
Kilkerran15K
Killochan16L
Kilmarnock15KK Now known as Dean Castle
Kingencleuch16L
Kirkhill16L
Knock16Z
Knockdaw-T
Knockdolian16T
Knockdon--
Kyle15K
Ladyland17T
Laight-T
Lainshaw-K
Law15KK Clan Boyd Page
Loch Doon14O Page on Maybole Community Council web site
Loudon15T
Official site
Main15K
Martnaham16T
Mauchline15T
Maybole16T Maybole Community Council web site
Monk16T
Montfode16Z
Montgreenan--
Newark15T
Newmilns Tower16T
Newton15KK
Ochiltree-K
Penkill16T Clan Boyd Page
Pinwherry16L
Pitcon18
Portencross14KK Participated in the 2004 BBC Restoration series
Friends of Portencross Castle
Clan Boyd Page
Robertland16T
Rowallan16C
Sauchrie17-
Seagate16T
Skeldon--
Skelmorlie16T Clan Montgomery castle.
Sorn15KKm SAS Brigade HQ during WW2
Stair16L
Stane16T
Sundrum14K Self-catering accommodation near Ayr
Tarbet15K
Terringzean15KK
Thomaston16L My page
Trabboch14K
Turnberry13O Reconstruction drawings by Andrew Spratt

Classification of castles by code letter:
T towers and tower houses
(mainly around 1540-1680)
K simple keeps
(14th and early 15th century)
KK developed keeps including chambers and courtyards
(from around 1400-1540)
E E-plan tower houses featuring more than one wing
(16th and 17th centuries)
L L-plan tower houses featuring a main block and one wing
(16th and 17th centuries)
Z Z-plan tower houses featuring 2 corner towers situated obliquely opposite each other (16th and 17th centuries)
O walled enclosures
(mainly 12th and 13th century)
C reasonably important castles built around a central courtyard
h 18th century tower houses V castles of unusual plan
m much modified or modernised castellated structures

Accommodation

GLENGENNET FARM with panoramic views over the Galloway Forest Park. Near Culzean Castle. Turnberry Golf Course 14 miles. Ayr 22 miles.
Offers 2 self catering properties (farmhouse & cottage) sleeping 6 - 8.
Plus 4 Star B&B in the renovated Victorian shooting lodge. Member of Scotland's Best B&Bs and Farm Stay UK. Welcome Host. Credit cards accepted.

GLENAPP CASTLE
5 Star fairytale romantic hideaway with 30 acres of private grounds. Accommodation is available on a Dinner, B&B basis or you can hire the castle for exclusive use. 17 luxury bedrooms and suites. Views across the Irish Sea to Ailsa Craig, Arran and the Mull of Kintyre. Highly recommended for its culinary excellence. AA 3 Red Stars and 3 Rosettes. Michelin 4 Red Turrets. Located 15 miles north of Stranraer. Prestwick Airport 40 miles. Culzean Castle 23 miles. Turnberry golf course 20 miles. Golf, shooting, horse riding and fishing. Facilities for weddings, Scottish banquets, etc.

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs which are all small, 4 or 5 star establishments.

Travel & Tours

The Internet Guide to Scotland provides online info about Travel - Transport - Accommodation - Sightseeing - Weddings.

Scotland Made Easy
Self drive tours with a customised itinerary to suit your interests (e.g. castles, distilleries, standing stones). Includes booking service with quality accommodation (4 star B&Bs, night in a castle or country mansion, etc.).

Clansandcastles.com
Accommodation reservations for castles, inns & country houses.
Itinerary planning for self-drive tours (with car hire if required).
Private tour guides. Clan lands research.

Celia Ffitch-Stewart
Fully insured driver-guide with Mercedes limousine for your tailor-made guided tour. Half day, full day or extended tours. Airport collection (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness). Services can include itinerary planning and accommodation reservations. Meet your clan chief, trace your roots, stay in a castle, tour the distilleries. Member of HOSTGA (Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association).

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