Ardstinchar Castle - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Ardstinchar Castle

A medieval castle ruin sitting high up on the hills above ballantrae which was built by clan kennedy that succumbed to the conflict over Crossmaguel Abbey in 1601. There is a good walk that passes the castle. The original castle was wedge-shaped and had three square towers connected by battlement walls. The gatehouse was on the north side, and the keep was in the southeast part of the courtyard with a long hall house alongside.

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Snib's Cave

Snib's Cave

3.82km from Ardstinchar Castle

Snib’s Cave is a cave in Scotland. Snib’s Cave is situated north of Ballantrae, close to Bennane Head.

Carleton castle

Carleton castle

8.47km from Ardstinchar Castle

Carleton Castle is a ruined five story 15th century tower house whichcan be seen from the coast road far below, with spectacular views out across the bay below. The castle comprises a small rectangular tower, with one of its corners having fallen down. Carleton was the property of the Cathcart family and legend suggests that one laird, Sir John Cathcart, funded his lifestyle through a succession of wives, murdering each before moving on to the next.

Kennedy's Pass

Kennedy's Pass

12.37km from Ardstinchar Castle

Kennedy's Pass lies on the course of the A77 Trunk Road, 4 miles southwest of Girvan on the South Ayrshire coast. It used to represent a narrowing in the road, which follows the raised beach along the coast. As the road rounds a little headland here, it is constricted between cliffs and a distinctive rock pinnacle. Widening the road to create the modern A77 created a challenge.

Grey Hill

Grey Hill

12.96km from Ardstinchar Castle

Grey Hill is a summit in the region or range in Scotland. Grey Hill is 297 metres high. All the walking routes up Grey Hill on Mud and Routes can be found. The walking route and range ends at Kennedy's Pass about 1 mile north of Lendalfoot, 5 miles south of Girvan.

Stair Park

Stair Park

17.96km from Ardstinchar Castle

Stair Park is Girvan's shorefront park and remnants of the sand dunes from which it was created can still be seen in its undulating form. The park features a bandstand, all weather tennis & netball courts, skatepark, football pitch and a football stadium. The park and stadium were named after the Earl of Stair, who bequeathed the land to the local authorities.

Girvan Beach

Girvan Beach

18.24km from Ardstinchar Castle

Girvan is one of Ayrshire's most popular beaches, and the town offers a variety of traditional seaside activities. Girvan enjoys spectacular views over Ailsa Craig, a wildlife and bird haven, the Firth of Clyde, the isle of Arran and Mull of Kintyre on a clear day. Sit on the shore and admire the wonderful views towards the Isle of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre. Watch the boats using the harbour, and you may even spot a visiting seal.

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South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire is one of thirty-two council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire.

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