Today you can visit Culzean Castle, the home of The Kennedy Family, one of Scotland’s oldest families who can trace ancestry to Robert the Bruce. This was their principal seat from 1759, (although it can be traced back as far as 1569), the Castle and its landscape reflecting their status and aspirations. The Castle sits on a 600 acre estate which incorporates the Swan Pond, the Deer Park and stunning gardens and a chance to enjoy some refreshments at the visitors centre or the Old Stables restaurant before travelling north to the birthplace of the Bard – Robert Burns.
First stop is the 18th century thatched cottage where Robert burns was born on 25th Jan 1759.
Just a little further on is the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which celebrates the life and prodigious talent of Scotland’s most cherished poet and houses the world’s largest collection of Burns’s manuscripts, along with many of the poet’s personal possessions, from his desk, chair and writing set through to his pistols and waistcoat buttons.
Nearby explore the atmospheric Auld Kirk of Alloway which dates back to the 16th Century. Burns' father, William Burness and his sister, Isabella Burns Begg are buried in the kirkyard. Finally have photos taken at the picturesque Brig o ’Doon from the famous epic poem “Tam o ’Shanter” Climb the Burns monument among the beautiful gardens created in his honour.
As an alternative you may wish to visit Beggs of Scotland. For Alexander Begg in the latter half of the 19th century, quality and attention to detail was everything. Moving to the bracing Ayrshire coast in search of the skilled workforce capable of doing justice to his vision, Begg became an acknowledged master of his craft. You will get the chance to purchase some of the finest cashmere accessories and garments that grace the catwalks of the world.
Duration: 8 hours (starting in Glasgow).
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.
Chauffeur Tour Scotland's Ayrshire Day Tour
Take the coastal route to Ayrshire and explore Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, the stunning Culzean Castle sitting atop the cliffs and Beggs of Scotland for its finest cashmere.
Seafood at Loch Leven
Stenness Standing Stones