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Our 13th-century castle has had an amazing makeover courtesy of a team of Brazilian artist and is the home of the Boyle family. 

The surrounding landscape offers dramatic walks, coastal views, breathtaking gardens and many features of historical interest.

There is no written record of when Kelburn Castle was first built, but it is thought to be around 1200. The original Norman Keep was added in 1581 and the new castle and old castle were skillfully joined and re-roofed so that the two periods are now difficult to distinguish from the outside.

In 1700, the 1st Earl doubled the size of the building by adding a William-and-Mary style mansion house onto the Castle at a slight angle, built to the Earl's instructions by the well known mason, Thomson Caldwell. The Victorian Wing was built in 1879-80, possibly by Alexander Crum, M.P. for Renfrew, who rented Kelburn from 1875 to 1886 from the 6th Earl of Glasgow, who spent most of his  time in one of his other Scottish homes.



Kelburn Castle is still the private home of the Earl of Glasgow and his family.  As a result, guided tours are only available during specific times throughout the year.

Castle tours run twice a day at 1:30pm and 2:30pm, until 8th September

Tours are available on request for groups and subject to availability.

Find Us
Find us

Kelburn Castle & Estate is situated between the village of Fairlie and the town of Largs on the A78. Largs is approx a 45 minute drive from Glasgow.

Largs has train station with an hourly service from Glasgow. The Kelburn Estate is a 30 minute walk from the station and linked by coastal path or roadside pavement. Taxi's cost between £5- £7 from Largs and it is a 5 minute journey.

The Stagecoach and McGills bus service's running between Ayr and Greenock have bus stops at our main entrance drive.


Car park on site

  • Free


Brisbane Taxis 01475 689990


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Normal Admission

Adults: £9.00

Child: £7.00

Internal castle tours are an additional £2 per person.

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Group Visits
Group Visits

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

01475 568685



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