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For auld lang syne, my dear,<br /> For auld lang syne,<br /> We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,<br /> For auld lang syne

Robert Burns

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Castles and Robert Burns

Scotland’s many castles, palaces and towns provide a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the country’s most famed characters.

Stirling Castle was the venue for many important moments in Scotland’s history including the crowning of Mary Queen of Scots. Here you can also see the Wallace Monument which commemorates one of Scotland’s national heroes, ‘Braveheart’ William Wallace who fought with Robert the Bruce for Scotland’s independence.

Less than 90 minutes’ drive from Greenock Ocean Terminal and you can be in the heart of Burns Country experiencing the life and works of Scotland’s most celebrated poet, Robert Burns. Ayrshire is also home to Robert Adam’s fairytale cliff top masterpiece, Culzean Castle. A favourite of President Eisenhower, he was given his own apartment a gesture of Scottish thanks for America's support during World War II. The Castle Armoury is home to one of the most important collections of arms in existence.


South Ayrshire combines a unique country and coastal mix. Enthusiasts of Robert Burns can sample a host of attractions within easy walking distance in the pretty village of Alloway. Admire Burns Cottage the birthplace of Robert Burns built in 1757, enjoy the Tam O’ Shanter Experience which tells Burns’ epic poem, then stroll to the Auld Kirk, Brig O’ Doon and Burns Monument.

Just 12 miles south along the beautiful coast road, Culzean Castle and Country Park is another breathtaking tour suggestion.  From the Oval Staircase, to the art collections, the armoury, to the Fountain Court and walled garden, this romantic castle is guaranteed to delight.


Outstanding views out to sea of Ailsa Craig, the volcanic plug from which curling stones are made.

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Shopping at Culzean Castle – with a range of well-stocked shops, souvenirs are easy to find.