The castle, dating back to the 13th century, still lived in by the Earl of Glasgow and is covered in graffiti.
Tel: 01475 568685
Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Activities for all the family from the age of 2 upwards. The castle, dating back to the 13th century, is still lived in by the present Earl and family, and is open to the public in July and August, providing an impressive background to exotic gardens, famous trees and many features of historical interest. Possibly the most noticeable feature of the castle is the controversial and colourful graffiti that covers part of it, a collaboration between Scottish artists and four of the leading graffiti artists from Brazil and named as one of the world’s top ten examples of street art by Tristan Manco in 2011. Other attractions include the indoor play barn, pet’s corner, adventure courses and, of course, Kelburn’s famous Secret Forest. One of the most outstanding features of Kelburn is the Glen, which drops dramatically to the sea, through many waterfalls and deep gorges. A wealth of wild flowers and ferns, lined with trees and shrubs it is considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful woodlands and affords wonderful views over the Firth of Clyde. Visit Pet’s Corner and see the rabbits in the Witch’s cottage and the Guinea pigs. Burt and Ernie, the goats on the main field, and the geese, ducks and hens. The two Alpacas, Merlin and Dom live here too – be sure to say hello! In the woodland area adventure course take on the challenging trail of wooden walkways, stepping stones, rope swings and ladders, or the high-wire crossing between two trees 5 metres off the ground. Children will love the play area with a wooden fort with a raised walkway around the outer battlements and slides, a sand pit, a scramble net and a 6m tower, climbed from inside by a series of ladders. The indoor Playbarn is ideal for smaller kids, and parents can relax in the cafe while children tackle an exciting maze of slides, caves, ball pool, climbing wall and a castle. No trip to Kelburn is complete without a trip to the Secret Forest, which contains, amongst other delights, The Crocodile Swamp and Grotto, The Pagoda, The Prisoner in The Cell, The Gingerbread House and The Maze of The Green Man. A full programme of events runs at Kelburn throughout the year, but some attractions may be closed over the Winter. Check website for details.