Kelburn Castle & Estate

The seat of the Earls of Glasgow, famous for its exciting exterior murals.

Fairlie, Ayrshire, KA29 0BE

Kelburn Castle in Ayrshire
Free for members
  • Charged parking
  • Easily accessible without car

Kelburn is situated on an ancient glen so may of the paths and walks are difficult for those with accessibility needs.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Kelburn Castle and Estate is open daily from Easter to October.

One of Kelburn’s most popular attraction for the kids is the Secret Forest: a fairy tale inspired maze with a witch’s cottage, a giant’s castle, and much more! There’s also the Adventure Course and Saloon play areas, complete with wooden walkways, stepping stones, tunnels, swings and scramble net.

Kelburn’s stunning woodland glen has a number of twisted trails and paths for exploring, with plenty of creative surprises to see along the way. Trek to the top of the glen and you’ll be rewarded with incredible views across the Firth of the Clyde and over to the Isle of Arran.

The Waterfall Pool, set in a spectacular sandstone grotto is just 250 yards from the colourful castle.

Kelburn’s castle was painted in 2007 and is now recognised as one of the world’s top 10 examples of street art by author and designer Tristan Manco – on a par with Banksy’s work in Los Angeles and the Favela Morro Da Providencia in Rio de Janeiro.

The estate runs events all through the year, so keep an eye on their website and social media for updates.

You can even make a weekend of it and glamp at Kelburn in their stunning hillside yurts or bring your own tent and pitch up!

Castle tours can be booked by emailing

Opening Times


Grounds and estate woodlands.

Summer Opening: 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm). Secret Forest open 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm).

Winter opening: 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm). Secret Forest and play areas closed. Cafe open weekends only.

Tours of the castle itself are available to book through the summer months.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Entry to the grounds is free for all, though a parking charge applies to visitors coming by car, including Historic Houses members.

Historic Houses members enjoy free castle tours when they are available.

Entry to Kelburn Estate is free with a £5 parking charge.

Castle tours are £5pp

Secret Forest is £4 pp

Group Visits

Kelburn CAstle welcomes group vists and special rates available for larger groups. Please contact us for more information:

01475 568685

Please email

Educational Visits

We offer Ranger tours and walks. Please email


Kelburn is situated on an ancient glen so may of the paths and walks are difficult for those with accessibility needs.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Kelburn Castle in Scotland

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