Explore Culzean’s Caves

Culzean Castle is renowned for its splendour and history but less well known are the caves below, join one of their guided tours and explore the country park from a different angle!

Explore Culzean’s Caves

About Explore Culzean’s Caves

We’re offering the chance for visitors to don hard hats and explore Culzean Castle’s subterranean secret world! With limited spaces, guided tours are a must-see attraction for those who like to explore Scotland’s history from a different angle.

Culzean Castle is renowned for its splendour and history but less well known are the caves below. Shrouded in mystery and boasting a fascinating wealth of stories, there’s evidence of human activity in these caves since the Iron Age. The caves pre-date the construction of the castle by several millennia; their existence shows that this rocky outcrop on the Ayrshire coastline has been an important site for humans for a very long time.

From being used as a smuggling hideaway in the 1700s - when it’s thought that contraband made its way ashore from the Isle of Man and was hidden along the coast – to the tale of a piper who entered the cave and was never seen again, this place is rich with intrigue and secrets.

An archaeological dig organised by the National Trust for Scotland in 2018 uncovered Iron Age artefacts and the remains of a mysterious hidden door. Pottery, glassware and 18th-century wine bottles were also unearthed during the excavation, deepening our understanding of how the caves may have been used.

2020 is the Year of Coasts & Waters, a celebration of Scotland's vast array of lochs, waterways, islands and coastlines. The caves and the coastline are an extraordinary part of Culzean’s colourful history and our tours will be guided by the Trust’s expert rangers, who’ll take visitors through the chambers and share their knowledge of the caves’ extraordinary past.

Please note participants must be able to walk over the rocky shore to access the caves and is therefore not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Children must be 8 years or older and all those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing; wellingtons or stout boots are recommended.

Cave helmets with head torches will be supplied.

Standard Country Park Admission applies to non-NTS Members.

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