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Dining at the Eisenhower


Culzean's Executive Chef and his team have built a reputation for producing quality dishes to a consistent standard. They combine both contemporary and classic favourites in an innovative way, using the best seasonal and locally sourced produce from Ayrshire and Arran. The Menu can be adapted to suit all dietary requirements.

The Fo'c'sle Restaurant benefits from views of the Firth and the Isle of Arran, making it a unique setting in which to dine.  The name Fo'c'sle is taken from the abbreviated form of forecastle, the term used to describe the upper deck forward of the foremast nearest the bow of the ship.  The name reflects the nautical connections of the castle's history. 

Culzean Castle and the Kennedy family have been immersed in the nautical history of the West of Scotland since the 15th century.  For generations the family utilised the coastal position of the estate for business and enjoyment, from sailing to shipbuilding and even smuggling. 

In the eighteenth century it is believed that the caves below the castle were used to smuggle contraband goods from the Isle of Man, avoiding the heavy mainland taxes imposed on products like tobacco, tea and rum.  By the nineteenth century the smuggling trade had the stopped and the family enjoyed sailing and yachting around the Scottish coast and further afield.

Dinner is available Wednesday to Sunday and we kindly ask you confirm your dinner arrangements and any dietary requirements ahead of your stay. 

Pre-dinner drinks and after dinner coffee can be enjoyed in the Eisenhower drawing room with its large sofas and comfortable armchairs.


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