Colzean Castle Engraving 1837
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Artist: WILLIAM HENRY BARTLETT (1800-1854), English painter and illustrator. - Engraved by: S. FISHER  Larger image

Colzean Castle sits on the edge of a basaltic cliff that rises above from Colzean Bay. Built in 1777 and following years after designs by Robert Adam. A magnificent and spectacular castellated edifice, it commands a brilliant prospect of the Firth of Clyde, with a full view of Ailsa Craig. - Ayrshire also called Ayr historic county, southwestern Scotland. The county is named for Ayr, its historic county town (seat). Apart from a small section in the south that is part of the council area of Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire is presently divided into the council areas of South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, and North Ayrshire.

The county has a concave western coastline along the Firth of Clyde and rises to an elevation of about 2,000 feet (600 metres) at its eastern boundary in the Southern Uplands. Rivers divide it into three ancient regions: Cunninghame, north of the River Irvine; Kyle, between the Irvine and Doon; and Carrick, south of the Doon.