From Rome to Scotland…volunteering at Culzean Castle

Hi, we are Gemma, Ilaria and Silvia, we come from Italy and we did an internship as Learning Assistants at Culzean Castle from April to June 2017. We’ve been here only for a couple of months, but it’s not easy to describe this experience in just a few lines or paragraphs because it has not…

Adam and Eve on Happy Valley

I’ve been a ranger at Culzean for over 10 years and one area of the Country Park that continually enthrals me is Happy Valley near the Walled Garden. In the summer the lush tree ferns and arching canopies above are reminiscent of some prehistoric landscape, in the Autumn incredible, vibrant leaf colours are like an…

Did you know… 10 fun facts about cookery in the time of #GlamGeorgians

1. Georgian recipes included not only the culinary utility of the ingredients, but also their mental and physical benefits and some descriptions of the general kitchen equipment. 2. A total of 199 patents for general items related to cooking were created between 1750 and 1851. 3. Until the 18th century, pots and pans were made of copper….

Lady Susanna, Countess of Eglinton (1689-1780)

As you walk through the gorgeous rooms at Culzean Castle many of the paintings will catch your eye. We have generations of the Kennedy men immortalised in their splendour. Renowned artists such as Pompeo Batoni, Charles Lutyens and John Fernley, are only some of the famous names who have painted members of this family. Instead what you may struggle…

Magnificent Magnolias and Grisly Grisolinea

There a few plants that flower so gracefully and add so much to the garden for a brief period than the elegant Magnolia. To see them thrive is one of the joys of moving from managing a garden in the North east of Scotland where they struggle to the West where they flourish in our…

WW1 – 1916 at Culzean

Culzean’s WW1 day long workshop is inspired by 8 June 1916, when children from Kirkoswald Primary School walked 5 miles from Kirkoswald to Culzean in order to meet wounded soldiers at Glenside Station, Culzean. The pupils accompanied the soldiers to the Home Farm, of which part was a made into a convalescent hospital. They were…

The Magical Castle: a Christmas Dream

Culzean always feel like a magical place, especially at Christmas, when the Castle is decorated in wonderful ways and transports visitors to other times and places. This year we saw Victorian servants, the Earl and his wife, faeries, the Ice Queen and of course, John, who was just so difficult to wake up! Visitors were…

The Camellia House

As part of this year’s Big Draw event at Culzean, the team looked at the engineering heritage and history of the site. One of the buildings that the participants were asked to go and investigate was the Camellia House. The Camellia house was built in 1818 possibly by James Donaldson (pupil of Robert Adam, Culzean…

Otters at Culzean

If you’re very lucky, you might see an otter next time you visit Culzean.  We are very fortunate that these aquatic mammals call this area their home and we sometimes see them along the shoreline, frolicking in the surf.   We have been trying to see during the summer if there are other locations across…

World War 1 Propeller

One hundred years ago a feat deemed impossible was achieved on the 2nd of September 1916. The nightmare of the British Home Front was fought and defeated for the first time. The tremendous noise of thousands of cheering Londoners accompanied the fiery descent of the Zeppelin. Initially the German airships sent over Britain were for…

NTS Conservation Volunteers

Culzean welcomes a variety of visitors to the Country Park every day of the year.  Occasionally we welcome volunteer groups.  Conservation Volunteers come here from across the country for a working holiday.  These working holidays are for those who would rather put in some hard graft than lie on a beach in Spain – mind you…

Culzean Bat Weekend 6th & 7th August 2016

The idea behind the bat weekend was that Culzean has 8 out of the 10 species of bat that reside in Scotland and that the further north you travel the diversity of species drops.  The Culzean Bat Weekend was to give bat workers across Scotland the opportunity to learn more about bats, to experience bats…