Culture of Scotland: Castles and Architecture of Glasgow – Day 5: Impressive castles

Another day of enjoying the castles. Today you will see three different castles of the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries. You will also visit a house that has an interesting fate with its owners.
Culture of Scotland: Castles and Architecture of Glasgow

Trip duration: 8 days

Anastasia Omelchuk

Dundonald Castle


There is nothing subtle in Dundonald Castle. The building the remains of which can be seen today can be traced back to the ascension of Robert II to the Scottish throne in 1371. It was his favorite home and he died here in 1390. The main room is the remarkably preserved Laigh Hall or Lower Hall. In this impressive vaulted room were held the public affairs of the king. After the restoration in the corridor there is a passage at a higher level which would be at the level of the original floor. Recent archaeological excavations show that the castle which remains are visible today was only the last in a long series of fortresses on the top of this hill. The superb visitor center and cafes run by the Friends of Dundonald Castle have a variety of models showing the development stages of the castle.

Dunure Castle


China is not the only place where you can go through the maze, contemplating the ruins. It is a 13th century fortress and the castle of the Kennedy clan, at that time controlling most of southwest Scotland. The stone labyrinth is located on the coast and is facing down to the coastline, so as you walk along the route, you can admire a stunning view of the castle. On the boards, it is written in the castle that efforts will be made to restore it in the future, so that guests cannot access parts of the castle that are now blocked for security purposes.

Culzean Castle and Country Park


In the 16th century, a small tower was located on this site, around which, over the course of several years, a beautiful ensemble in the style of Robert Adam, which was popular at that time, grew. Culzean Castle one of several castles, in connection with which they mention not the name of the owner, but the name of the architect. The unusual design of the architect turned out to be implemented and preserved for descendants by the National Trust of Scotland, to whom the castle was handed over by the former owners. In 1987, an image of the castle appeared on the back of a £ 5 banknote issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland.


Italian Restaurants

According to review: "I’ve eaten lunch here twice, after realising it was once the Cecchinis that I had been looking for. Both times we chose the Italian tapas menu - £15 for 5 sharing plates. Good value! And appeared to be freshly cooked. Two people can each choose their favourites & an 8 inch pizza with a good base counts as one of the sharing plates. Add a big 250ml glass of wine at less than £7 & the bill is less than £30. The tapas format is excellent for a chatty lunch."

Dumfries House

Historic Sites

In April 2007, one of the most significant buildings in Britain, Dumfries House, a Palladian-style mansion, created by the Adam brothers for the fifth count of Dumfries, had to be sold along with a collection of furniture designed specifically for him, since the appeal to the National Fund of Scotland was not gave no results. Two months before the alleged sale of James Knox, an Ayrshire resident, delivered a heartfelt address at the Prince of Wales Conference on the Protection of Ancient Monuments at Holyrood Palace. Afterwards, the prince reportedly asked him: “How do we save this house?”. Having never seen this house, the prince set to work and offered a price of £ 45 million. The house was saved.

Brig O' Doon


Brig O'Dun is an ancient medieval steep mountain bridge with a single arched bridge in Ayrshire. Since the beginning of the 15th century, this evocative structure is famous for playing a role in the last verse of Scottish Bard Robert Burns 'famous poem Tam o' Shanter. This landmark must be visited by every poetry lover of the 18th century.


Fish & Chips Shops, Seafood Restaurants

One of the reviews says: "We had haddock and chips on a Saturday night, the food was freshly cooked for us, and more importantly was amongst the best that we had ever had. The menu is incredible, with a lot more than the normal cod and haddock (lemon sole, whiting, sea bass, scallops), all locally landed and freshly caught. The good thing is they have a wet fish shop next door so you can see the fresh fish they land".