Monday, November 26, 2012

Countdown to St. Andrew's Day - Culzean Castle

We drove south of Ayr to explore Culzean Castle.   From the National Trust for Scotland (at this link):

Culzean Castle originally belonged to the Kennedys, an ancient Scottish family descended from Robert the Bruce. There was a stone tower house here in the 16th century, and various Kennedys over the centuries made their mark on the castle with improvements and alterations. But it wasn’t until the 1770s that it started to become the grand country seat it is today.

In 1945, when the castle was passed to the National Trust for Scotland, the top floor was converted into a flat for use by General Eisenhower, as a gesture for America’s support during the Second World War. General Eisenhower visited on four occasions including while president of the United States of America. 

A closer view of the Lion guarding the gates!  If you had gates to your house, what "animal" would guard it?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, December 1, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 2.


Kim in Hawaii

My lads in front of the old gate!


  1. I'm thinking lions or tigers.

  2. Lion or gargoyles

  3. Hmmm, White Lions or Tigers, they look so beautiful. :D

  4. I would choose Lions to guard my home.

  5. I would choose a black panther because I have two rather large black cats that some people say look like panthers! lol