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Culzean Castle: Picnic Perfect

Just a little over an hour’s drive from Glasgow is the magnificent Culzean Castle sitting on the edge of Ayrshire, with glimpses of Arran in the distance.

At Easter time, I enjoy visiting the castle as it’s usually a gloriously sunny day and the castle is one place where no matter how busy it seems to get, you can always find a quiet spot to have a picnic in peace.

The castle and country park is run by the National Trust for Scotland, I bought a joint adult membership for £8.50 a month which meant we got into the castle and park for free and we got to beat the queue!

Culzean Castle and the park surrounding it is huge. There’s 600 acres of it to explore and lots of lovely walks to do with good paths (no muddy shoes!). There’s a caravan site, a hotel, a few coffee shops, a gift shop, a second-hand bookshop, swan pond, walled garden, orangery, and play parks. There’s also a beach! There’s so much to see that this is my third visit and I still haven’t seen it all. We ate our picnic sitting on a bench overlooking the main entrance to the castle, it was lovely to just bask in the sun.

Because it was Easter weekend when I visited, Peter Rabbit was at the main entrance where children were given maps and clues to find on their walk around the park and in return, they’d be presented with a chocolate egg. A brass band was also playing a variety of music including Baby Shark, I can imagine parents weren’t too happy about that choice.

Picture of my hand holding up a Dairy Milk Easter egg in front of Culzean Castle Country Park
Easter egg for an Easter picnic

Although I didn’t go into the castle on this trip, I’ve been before and it’s definitely a must see (They have a huge collection of military weapons if you’re into that thing). David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis hired an architect to build a grand castle that would impress. American President Eisenhower visited the castle and as a thank you, he was offered part of the castle. Today, people can have weddings at the castle and stay in the rooms Eisenhower and his guests would have used – oooh!


steps walked


easter eggs eaten


easter bunny spotted