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Kelburn Castle

 Kelburn Castle History

The Boyle family have owned Kelburn since 1140, becoming Earls of Glasgow in 1703. The first Earl assisted in the Union of Parliaments. The 7th Earl was Governor of New Zealand from 1892-1897.

John Boyle erected the Z-plan tower house in 1581, with the main block four storeys tall with circular towers and turrets. In 1700 the William and Mary wing was erected two storeys tall.

Its mason, Robert Caldwell, built it to Lord Boyle’s plans. The Victorian wing was added in 1879. The tour, can be booked at the park centre, is often led by the Countess of Glasgow.

The Country Park has various attractions including a museum, walks, a playground, animals, a Robert Adam memorial, waterfalls and interesting trees and shrubs.

Kelburn Castle Today - Graffiti Art Work

One of the particular features of the Kelburn Castle is that its walls are painted by Brazilian artists since 2007.

Originally intended to be a temporary feature of the castle, lasting until its walls were repaired, in 2011, Lord Glasgow, the owner of Kelburn Castle made a formal request to Historic Scotland to keep the graffiti art in place.

Kelburn Castle Map&Location

Address: Kelburn Castle & Country Centre, Fairlie, Ayrshire KA29, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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 Kelburn Castle Photos

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Kelburn Castle - Graffiti Art Work by Anne
Kelburn Gates by wfmillar
Kelburn Castle Gardens by Miasiena
Kelburn Castle - graffiti detail by Anne
Kelburn Castle - Stables by Miasiena