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"Culzean Castle"

By RonnieAG

1. Culzean Castle and Country Park (600 acres) lie south of Ayr and north of Turnberry on the Ayrshire coast.

2. In 1569 Sir Thomas Kennedy was given the Culzean Estates by his brother, the 4th. Earl of Cassillis.

3. In the 18th. Cent. Robert Adam transformed the relatively modest tower house into the masterpiece we see today.

4. The 12th. Earl secured the family's (Kennedy) fortunes and gained for himself the title 1st. Marquess of Ailsa.

5. After the 3rd. Marquess died in 1938, the family spent less time at Culzean and in 1945 the widow of the 4th. Marquess agreed to hand over the Castle and grounds to the National Trust for Scotland, subject to the top floor of the Castle being converted into a flat for the lifetime use by General Eisenhower as a gesture of gratitude from the people of Scotland for his successes as Supreme Allied Commander in WW 11.

6. The Castle and Country Park is now the National Trust for Scotland's flagship property.

7. The castle stands on a cliff top (as seen in V 1........the EXIF data refers to V 1 only) with views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran (V 2 shows such a view on a sunnier day)

My thanks to all who commented on A Misty Moment.......your time and remarks are much appreciated.


Tags: Ayrshire Arran Culzean castle National trust for scotland Landscape and travel Firth of clyde

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22 Jul 2012 12:30AM
Stunning landscape Ronnie,I will have to visit Scotland one day..Lin

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mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
22 Jul 2012 12:40AM
Wonderful coloured scenery here Ronnie.
Super shots.
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
22 Jul 2012 12:54AM
V1 is composed to perfection Ronnie and the colour in those rocks in V2 is quite stunning. - gary
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 1:14AM
Great POV in V1 Ronnie and perfect exposure
highlighting all the detail in your excellent landscape.
Good narrative reminding us of the Castle's history.
Lovely view in V2.
22 Jul 2012 2:05AM
A fine composition and interesting text.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
22 Jul 2012 3:12AM
Beautifully photographed--- this very enviable bit of real estate!
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
22 Jul 2012 6:05AM
Beautifully composed and captured, Ronnie, you have such wonderful scenery up there. Carol
22 Jul 2012 6:11AM
Nice POV Ronnie. Bothe images are superb. Deep
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 6:32AM
Two cracking shots but I do like V1 well taken .
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
22 Jul 2012 7:04AM
Visited there a few years back and I do like you composition of No. 1 which gets the vote.

posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 7:07AM
Love V1 and the history. Wonderful.

andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 7:38AM
love v1 ronnie belting comp and detail a cracker nice one Wink
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
22 Jul 2012 8:04AM
The colours are superb. I suspect the greens and browns of foliage and rock formation show the finer detail a lot bettering diffuse, indirect light, just like your flowers.
It is a beautiful shot, the castle miniaturised but still towering over the W line of the coast.
Ray42 8 3 England
22 Jul 2012 8:07AM
Two great shots Ronnie - Just packed the Mrs and the Sister-in-law off to the borders - Town Yetholm near Kelso
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
22 Jul 2012 8:08AM
A well-thought out composition again, Ronnie. The Castle inch perfect on the thirds and lead-ins from the sky lines (especially the diagonal tree line) and the sweep of the water's edge. Lovely tones and well-exposed - excellent image. v2 is a beautiful view with some great foreground colour.

morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 8:08AM
Two superb images Ronnie, excellent composition and light, for me I think V1 is my favourite.

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
22 Jul 2012 8:11AM
One of my top favourite places to visit and what a lovely set you have here.

22 Jul 2012 8:18AM
Good use of the rocky bay to lead you to the castle Ronnie a nice clean sharp capture and that ever present grey sky.
I forgot to answer your question about the flower yes I believe it is Campanula excatly which one i'm not sure

6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 8:18AM
Two distinctively different images, however each as beautiful as the other, fantastic natural colours and superb detail.

Regards Nathan
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 8:21AM
Two super landscapes Ronnie. That yellow lichen on the rocks so reminds me of Scotland. Lovely to see it here.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
22 Jul 2012 8:29AM
Two great ones with beautiful natural colours.
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 8:59AM
Two lovely compositions Ronnie and well captured. Your landscapes should be gracing the pages of the Scottish tourist board brochures. A wonderful advert for your country
howdog Plus
8 25 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 9:01AM
Great landscapes Nathan said it all. Nice work Ronnie.
Good comp Ronnie, well framed image, well captured and presented. I like the way the shot takes the eye in and round to the left, with the castle the prize.

Great comp in V1 as your eye is lead around to the Castle peeping up.. Like the rocks in the f/g in V2
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
22 Jul 2012 10:49AM
Two beautiful captures, Ronnie, looks a great spot to sit and ponder and get over a hangover on a Sunday morning! Both delightful shots, but think V1 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
22 Jul 2012 11:18AM
I really must get up there..
you photos make it look so inviting
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 1:43PM
Love the way the arcing shoreline, leads the eye to the castleSmile

A fine 'scape Ronnie

johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 2:07PM
Always a high standard Ronnie
Porthos 6 1 Northern Ireland
22 Jul 2012 3:13PM
Very nice Ronnie. Superb composition in V1....Derek
bill33 Plus
5 13 1 Scotland
22 Jul 2012 3:25PM
Even on a dull and overcast day, you bring this wonderful image to life Ronnie, I have visited this place many times but not been to this part of the shore,it gives a different perspective from the normal type of shots that I have seen, beautifully composed and detailed, love the history behind the photograph also, very well done my friend, Bill.
7 10 10 England
22 Jul 2012 4:08PM
V2 not showing for me Ronnie but V1 is lovely. - V2 has now appeared and that is lovely too.
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
22 Jul 2012 5:11PM
Great write up with spectacular photography Ronnie, love the textures in V2.


pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 5:33PM
Well composed shot with a good focal point
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 5:59PM
Two crackers here Ronnie, I love the colours and textures of the rock in V2.
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
23 Jul 2012 7:49PM
v1 for me Ronnie ,a fine view of a fine castle.

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