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MAYBOLE PIPE BAND AT CULZEAN   

    Culzean Castle, at the south of the famous Croy Bay, is undoubtedly one of the architectural gems of Scotland and is visited by tourists from all over the world, It was built by Robert Adam the great Scottish Architect between 1777 and 1792 on the site of the old Castle of Coif, which had been a stronghold of the Kennedy Family for centuries. In 1945 it was gifted by the Marquess of Ailsa to the National Trust for Scotland and is open daily to the public. The top flat of the Castle is the Scottish home of President Eisenhower, being gifted to him for his lifetime in recognition of his war services. The Castle has many fine architectural features such as the famous Oval Staircase and Round Drawing Room, and the ceilings have all been restored to the original colour schemes. The walled garden was established in 1783 and the rest of the gardens were laid out by Alexander Nasmyth and include an Aviary, Swan Lake and Camelia House. The gardens and grounds contain many exotic and rare shrubs and trees and with the many paths throughout the policies and woodlands, Culzean is an ideal spot at which to spend a day or more when on holiday. The National Trust for Scotland have provided every facility for visitors and there are two restaurants within the Castle where all types of meals are served to visitors. There is a riding stable within the grounds and visitors can hire horses to trek through the woodlands and adjoining seashore. Souvenirs, postcards, films etc., can be bought in Information Centres within the Castle and in the Policies.

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