At Culzean Castle and Country Park near Ayr
Walking from the visitor centre
… and looking down past Gas Court towards the beach
Inside Gas Court
Very heady scented Butterbur -remiscent of the towpath
The castle from the beach
Formal Gardens; the National Trust looking after the environment beautifully
Approaching the Castle
Looking over the wall … a long way down!
Front aspect of Culzean
… and walking away
… over the battlement
Access to another part of the coast down the steep incline
The Powder House, well away from the guns!
Awesome views down to the sea
Tortured trees along the pathway
The Swan ‘Pond’ is actually a 13 acres lake!
The numerous meandering paths are really well kept
Down now at the pond we can see a Heron perched over the far side
A slight detour and climb brings us to the Pagoda erected in 1860 which used to house swans and other birds with a tearoom above.
And another view down to a sandy beach
The duck house has 24 nesting cubicles which have been in use since it was built but this swan prefers to be outdoors!
A Cormorant in the sunshine and a cheeky chaffinch not at all perturbed by the public!
I have no idea what these are but they looked fantastic! [Edited - Skunk Cabbage - thank Sonia Louise]
A great day, a great place and Molly ran her socks off all day!