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Day 14–June 30–Bus Tour of Ayreshire

We had planned for an all-day bus tour of Ayreshire, the county where both of our ancestors had started out. The two major stops on the tour were Culzean Castle and the various museums and monuments to the poet Robert Burns. Culzean Castle provides an excellent history of the late years of the monarchy and the landed gentry in England and Scotland. The tour’s time budget of about two and a half hours was enough time to tour the castle, the grounds and enjoy a reasonably leisurely lunch in the cafe.

We understood that summer in Scotland is about like a winter in Texas, and had packed for day-time temperatures as low as the high 40s. For the walks around the Culzean Castle grounds, I used the fleece pullover, wind breaker, wool hat, and fleece gloves that I had brought for cold days and I was not overly warm.

The grand entry to Culzean Castle is not as grand as some other estates; like most castles, it grew over time and the original site did not have room for the grand entry that would be built by a later generation.
Ayreshire Tour--Culzean Castle
The sandstone used in the castle and walls has weathered at dramatically different rates, giveing some visually interesting details to otherwise dull walls.
Ayreshire Tour--Culzean Castle
The entry path at Culzean Castle is the most interesting feature by far.
Ayreshire Tour--Culzean Castle
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