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History of the Eisenhower at Culzean

Acknowledged as Robert Adam’s greatest Scottish masterpiece the castle he designed dates from 1792 and took 15 years to build. Adam created the Castle for David, 10th Earl of Cassillis, on a site associated with the Kennedy family since the 14th century. Rising majestically from its cliff top location, looking over to the Isle of Arran, Culzean is set amidst 600 acres of beautiful Scottish countryside, with an enchanting terraced garden, charming follies, relaxing woodland walks and inviting sandy beaches.

In 1945 the Marquess of Ailsa gave Culzean Castle and its surrounding gardens and woodland to the National Trust for Scotland. He asked that part of the Castle be offered to General Eisenhower, as a thank you from the Scottish people for commanding the allied forces in the battle for Europe. The rooms available today are the same rooms used by Eisenhower and his guests during their visits. The General visited Culzean on 4 occasions, including while President.

General Eisenhower is quoted as saying of Culzean ‘This is a place I can relax’.

After Eisenhower’s death in 1969 this holiday home was used to entertain VIP visitors to Scotland but now the accommodation is managed as a comfortable hotel available for all to enjoy. For more information on Culzean Castle and Country Park visit the National Trust for Scotland Website: www.nts.org.uk/CulzeanCastle