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Preserving Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle is one of Scotland’s treasures: a Robert Adam-designed masterpiece perched on the cliffs of Ayrshire. Its story is one of adventure, ambition, and incredible beauty.


Over the years, Americans like you have helped the National Trust for Scotland preserve this beloved estate and improve the visitor experience. With your support, we have restored the Walled Garden and Camellia House and installed the Adventure Cove Playpark. Our efforts are making a real difference – last year, visitation to Culzean increased by 77%!

The Fountain Court

Now, we’re turning to Culzean’s Fountain Court, one of Scotland’s most beautiful gardens. Passing through the Ruined Arch at the entrance to the Castle, visitors are greeted with a panoramic view of the idyllic Fountain Court gardens. The formal landscape is centered on a Baroque fountain and is adorned with an extraordinary collection of subtropical plants, thanks to the nourishment of the passing Gulf Stream.

While the Fountain Court was recently restored, the fountain itself—which dates to 1876 and features Triton surrounded by dolphins—no longer works.

Bringing the Fountain Back to Life

We have been challenged by Kennedy Park Richardson to raise $25,000 to support the restoration of the fountain. His ancestors were members of Clan Kennedy upon whose clan lands the Culzean estate is built. If we’re successful, he will match that amount dollar-for-dollar, allowing the National Trust for Scotland to move forward with its plan to bring this magnificent fountain back to life so that it can once again delight visitors!

Will you help us to restore the historic fountain at Culzean Castle?

Your gift today will make double the impact!

General Eisenhower visiting Culzean in 1946 with the 5th Marquess, who is on the left.

Did you know?

There is a very special connection between Culzean Castle and the United States. In 1945, the Kennedy family of Culzean gave General Dwight D. Eisenhower a specially-created guest apartment on the top floor of the castle to thank him for commanding the Allied forces during World War Two. Eisenhower and his family stayed at the castle four times, including once while he was President. He said of Culzean, “This is a place I can relax.”


Culzean Castle & Country Park

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