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Video report: Scottish-born star of Lord of the Rings, Billy Boyd paid his first visit to Culzean Castle this Spring


Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd enjoyed a tour of Culzean Castle and grounds in Ayrshire.

Billy enjoyed a full day at the castle as he received a guided tour of the grounds and beaches by Culzean Castle Ranger, Ashleigh Evans and a personal tour of the castle by head guide, Gordon Nelson.  

Billy said: “This was my first trip to Culzean Castle and it absolutely did not disappoint. From the breath-taking castle, the entertaining stories of the Kennedys and their guests and the beautiful surrounding woodland and coastline, I was mesmerised. 

“Living in Los Angeles, I miss the beauty and history of Scotland and visiting places like Culzean Castle reminds me how much I love this country. The National Trust for Scotland do such important work in caring for a protecting our most treasured places and spaces and we should all support them by visiting places like Culzean and enjoying a fabulous day out.”

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Ashleigh Evans, Culzean Castle Ranger, spent a few hours with Billy as they toured the grounds. She said; “Billy was a fantastic guest. He was so interested in the wildlife, the architecture and especially the stories of the Kennedys. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to show him around and we really hope to welcome him back with his family one day soon.”

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle and Country Park is a coastal historical property near Ayr. Designed by Robert Adam (who created a celebrated oval staircase in the castle) it was created for the 10th Earl of Cassilis, David Kennedy, and is full of treasures that have been collected over the centuries, including a large collection of flintlock pistols and military swords.


Image and video courtesy of National Trust for Scotland.

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