Rowallan Castle, Kilmaurs – Clan Muir
The traditional seat of the Muir Clan, Rowallan Castle is located to the north of the East Ayrshire town of Kilmarnock.
Thought to have originally belonged to the Comyn family, Rowallan passed by marriage to the Muirs and is said to have been the birthplace of Elizabeth Mure, the first wife of King Robert II. The family would continue to live there for the next 200 years and would eventually construct the castle that stands there today during the 16th century.
Consisting of two buildings and a cylindrical gatehouse, the castle is thought to have originally been surrounded by marshland. It would remain under the control of the Muir family until the beginning of the 18th century when it was passed to David Boyle, Earl of Glasgow, and would change hands on a number of occasions before it was restored by the architect, Sir Robert Lorimer at the beginning of the 20th century.
Rowallen then remained open to the public under the control of Historic Environment Scotland until 1989 when it was controversially purchased and turned into a wedding venue. The castle is now available for private hire and the castle grounds now include a golf course which was designed by professional golfer, Colin Montgomerie.