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Culzean Castle (Cullean Castle) (Coif Castle) (House of Cove)

  • Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: The core of today's Castle is probably a 15th century tower house that has been repeatedly added to over the centuries. The 5th Marquess of Ailsa donated Culzean to the National Trust for Scotland in 1945; it is today the most-visited site owned by the trust.

    Comments: Considered Robert Adam’s masterpiece, Culzean is perched high on a cliff overlooking the sea in what may be the finest position of any country house in Britain.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The grounds include Scotland's first country park, created in 1969. On Culzean's estate is also to be found the Ruined Arch, the Viaduct, the Ice House, the Camellia House, and the Pagoda. Culzean is one of the foremost surviving Picturesque landscapes in Scotland.

  • Architect: Wardrop & Reid

    Date: 1877
    Designed: Nursery Wing

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    Architect: Robert Adam

    Date: 1777-92
    Designed: Extended House and remodeled House for 10th Earl of Cassillis

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    Architect: Robert Lugar

    Date: Ante 1823
    Designed: Cottage and Pheasantry for 12th Earl of Cassilis

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 128, 1853.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. VI, 1823. Scotland, 1830.

    Country Life: XXXVIII, 328, 360 plan, 1915. XCVIII, 956 plan, 1945.

  • Title: Culzean Castle Guidebook - 2003
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2003
    Reference: pgs. 2,
    Publisher: Edinburgh: The National Trust for Scotland
    ISBN: 0901625795
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family, The
    Author: Moss, Michael
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pgs. 196
    Publisher: Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
    ISBN: 078461723X
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Scotland in Trust (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Spring 2003, pg. 63
    Publisher: Edinburgh: The National Trust for Scotland
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 60, 626
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Outstanding

  • "The Wicker Man" (1973 - as Lord Summerisle's island mansion). "Treasure Hunt" (1985 - TV game show, episode 3.10, "Ayrshire"). "The Last Musketeer" (2000 - TV movie). "Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat" (2001). "Building of Britain" (2002 - TV documentary series). "Most Haunted" (2002 - TV documentary, episode 1.9). "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" [aka "Dangerous Liaisons"] (2003 - TV mini series). "Most Haunted Unseen" (2004 - TV documentary, episode 1.9). "The Queen" (2006 - as parts of Balmoral Castle).
  • Past Seat of: Sir Thomas Kennedy, mid-16th century; John Kennedy, 8th Earl of Cassilis, 18th century; David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis, 18th century; Archibald Kennedy, 2nd Marquess of Ailsa, 19th century; Kennedy family here from the late 14th century until the 1950s.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust for Scotland

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Since 1945 owned by the National Trust for Scotland

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01655-884-455

    Email: culzean@nts.org.uk

    Website: http://www.nts.org.uk

    Awards: Sandford Award, 2004.

    Historic Houses Member: No