Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire – Clan Kennedy
Easily one of the most stunning castles in Scotland, Culzean Castle can be found overlooking the Firth of Clyde from its clifftop perch in South Ayrshire.
Originally built in the late 18th century upon request by David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassilis, the castle replaced a stone tower as Kennedy, a man of opulence, decided that such a structure was not fitting of his family’s reputation. Instead, no expense was spared and with the help of architect Robert Adam, the building we know today was constructed.
Kennedy and Adam would not, however, survive to see it completed as they both died within a few months of each other in 1792. Neither would they be the most famous people connected to the castle as, following the conclusion of World War Two, the top floor was given to General (later president) Eisenhower of the US Army as a gift of thanks for his success in the war. Eisenhower would stay at the castle on four occasions, one of which was during his time as President.
Later, the castle would also feature in popular culture as the home of Lord Summerisle in the cult horror film, The Wicker Man (1973) and on the back of the Bank of Scotland five-pound note. It is now under the ownership of the national trust and can be visited by the general public.