Kelburn Castle and Country Centre, Scotland

Kelburn Castle Graffiti
When we wrote about the best castles in Scotland,  we did not know about Kelburn castle then.   We read about this graffiti soaked castle in one of the magazines very recently and were intrigued to see how beautiful they looked. 

Soon that led to us chalking out the plan to visit Kelburn castle along with exploring West of Scotland, and no wonder this turned out to be one of the most beautiful castles we’ve visited.

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Kelburn Castle & Country Centre is located in the western scotland in Fairie, a town close to Largs (about 1.5 hours drive from Edinburgh). The castle estate itself is a vast landscape of woodland dotted with water streams, tiny cascading waterfalls, secret forest, gardens, farmland & many attractions for children and adults. 

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This gorgeous graffiti laden castle is a private residence and seat of Earl of Glasgow and head of clan Boyle since 12th century. The graffiti murals are the highlight of this castle, the idea which was born in the year of 2007 when the Boyle family was advised about the faded concrete walls and the potential damage they may create to the stonework. 

Kelburn Castle 3The family invited 4 Brazilian artists to paint the exteriors of the castle with their art.  Soon after the bright murals painted on the walls, the castle attracted lot of visitors.

Up above in the forest

Kelburn Country ParkThe whole country estate covers a whopping 3500 acres of land covered with gorgeous glen filled with shrubs & ferns, fascinating wildlife with nice walking routes. 

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There are interesting events that happen during the peak seasons (Apr – Sep) that include horse riding, laser tag, secret forest, activities for children including Easter egg hunt, story telling, duck race & treetop adventures.   Since the castle is occupied, the castle tours are run only during Aug & Sep. During winter, the entry fee is reduced (£3 per adult)  since it only allows entry to the castle grounds, woodland walks & horse riding only. 

Kelburn Castle graffit

Have you seen any such unique castles in your travels?  Would you add Kelburn Castle to your must-see list? 

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