Take a tour of a historic Ayrshire hidden gem - Rowallan Old Castle
12 April 2010
Bookings are now being taken for weekend guided tours of one of Ayrshire’s historic
treasures – Rowallan Old Castle. There are still places available for this Saturday, 17th April,
and monthly tours right through the summer.
This fine Renaissance property set amidst beautiful countryside was, for more than
400 years, home to the Muirs, one of the area’s most important and influential families. Visitors
to Rowallan Old Castle will be able to hear about its long history and see evidence of the Muirs’ changing
tastes through the castle’s evolution from the 13th to the 18th centuries, illustrating many of the
developments in architecture through the ages.
Pre-booking for the guided tours of this fascinating property is essential. Call
Tracy Smyth of Historic Scotland on 0131 550 7603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
There are two tours, each lasting an hour and a half, at 10.30am and 1pm, for each of the following
- Saturday 17 April
- Saturday 15 May
- Saturday 19 June
- Saturday 24 July
- Saturday 21 August
- Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September
As there are no parking facilities for visitors at Rowallan Old Castle and development
in progress on the Estate, those who have booked to join a tour will firstly meet at Dean Castle Visitor
Centre. Following coffee and biscuits and an introductory briefing, they will then be taken by
bus to the gatehouse of the Rowallan Estate, from where they will walk up the driveway to the castle
itself. The walk should take around 10 minutes and although the ground is level, stout shoes are
recommended. Although the site is accessible for children, the nature of the tour around this
historic site makes it more suitable for those over 10 years of age. Space for each tour is limited
to 20 people.
The cost of the guided tour (including refreshments and bus) is £3.70 for adults,
£3.00 for concessions (visitors over 60 and the unemployed) and £2.20 for children, with no charge for
Peter Yeoman, Historic Scotland Head of Cultural Resources, said: “Rowallan Old
Castle is an excellent example of a well-preserved Renaissance courtyard house so it’s an important
part of the heritage of both Ayrshire and of Scotland.
“We are delighted to be able to offer special tours of this fascinating historic
property and to give visitors an insight into its past and that of the remarkable people who lived there
through the centuries.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- Rowallan Old Castle is an imposing property set in beautiful rolling parkland.
Its construction style and architectural features show its development through time, from the 13th to
the 18th centuries.
- Excavations on the site have revealed evidence of prehistoric settlement and burial. Historic
Scotland has installed a display on the archaeological finds made during excavations, with objects on
loan from East Ayrshire Council.
- Please note that access to the Rowallan Estate is by prior arrangement only and guided
tours must be pre-booked.
- Over 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites throughout Scotland are in the care
of Historic Scotland. Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals
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