Culzean (pronounced “Culain”) Castle – Ink

A fairly modern castle, by Scottish standards, dating back to the late 1700s. Culzean sits on the west coast of the Scottish mainland near Ayr. It is best known for its connection with General Dwight Eisenhower who was granted the top apartment when the former owners, the Kennedy family, presented the building to The National Trust for Scotland just after WW2. Eisenhower seems to have been fond of the place and visited it four times, once as President. These days the Eisenhower Apartment forms part of an exhibition dedicated to the man. Other parts of the castle can be rented for functions, such as weddings, for a mere £10K a day.

In one of my recent posts I mentioned the great Scottish artist Alexander Nasmyth. He did a drawing of Culzean

which was part of the inspiration for this post. IT hasn’t really changed all that much since I visited here in the early 1970′s when I took some photographs. I also wanted to try to emulate some of the techniques Nikira has been using with ink in her wonderful scenes of NYC. You are quite safe, Nikira. I have a long way to go.