South West Region Scout Camp Site - Culzean

Introduction Site Facilities How to get there
Off Site Opportunities Shopping Charges

The Culzean Camp Site is located some 12 miles south west of Ayr. It is situated within the Culzean Country Park, which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

The site can be located on Sheet 76 of the Ordinance Survey Landranger series at grid Reference 244 100.

The site, which is open from May to September, has a woodland setting with three camping areas of varying size, and ample facilities.

For all camps organised for Cub Scouts, Scouts or Explorer Scouts, the level of Nights Away Permit required is Campsite

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On Site Facilities

The site is connected to the mains water supply. It has modern toilet facilities with hot and cold water and includes ladies and gents showers. There is a separate disabled toilet. A utilities hut provides dish facilities and a fridge/freezers. All hot water is controlled by the use of coin operated slot meters (20p coins). There is a pay phone on site and a small shop selling a small range of badges and souvenirs which will open at agreed times.

Cooking by open fire is permitted, but only in the designated areas using altar fires; these are available on request. Firewood is normally available but will probably require to be cut by the campers. There is a campfire circle.


The facilities of the Country Park are freely available to Groups using the camp site.


The new Transverse Climbing Wall installed in 2014.

A selection of views of the site.

Plan of site

Move the mouse over the plan of site and where a mouse over text message appears click map for view of area.

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How to reach Culzean

By Road

From the North on the A77, in Maybole turn right onto the B7023 ( signposted Culzean, Maidens) and in 50 m turn left (still on the B7023). At a sign for Culzean Country Park turn right into the Park. The campsite is 100 m on the left (before the Paybox).

From the South on the A77 - At Turnberry, turn left onto the A719 (signposted Maidens and Culzean). Pass through Maidens and at sign for Culzean Country Park, turn left into the Park. The campsite is 100 m on the left (before the Paybox).

By Rail

The nearest station is at Maybole which is 3 miles from the site. Maybole is on the Glasgow-Ayr-Stranraer Line.

By Bus

There is a regular bus service between Ayr and Girvan(via Maidens) which passes the entrance to Culzean Country Park on the A719.

By Air

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is situated some 20 miles north of the camp site and has regular flights from London and many European cities. The airport has a regular bus and train service to Ayr.

Situated a further 35 miles north is BAA Glasgow Airport, again with many regular services from throughout Europe.

Images are reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Multi Media Mapping.

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Out and About

Culzean Country Park

The Park offers numerous walks of varying length via woodland, cliff and shore line. Guided walks can be arranged with the Park's Ranger Service. The Castle and Visitors Centre are well worth a visit.

Hill walking

There is good hillwalking to be found in the Galloway Hills, which are within an hour's drive. Nearer at hand, just north of the site are the Carrick Hills (maximum height under 300m).


Sea angling can be booked in Ayr or Girvan and trout fishing as a man-made lochan (sure to land a catch) can be booked at Springwater Fisheries, Dalrymple ( Telephone 01292 560343).

Public Swimming Pools

Pools can be found at Maybole, Girvan and Ayr.

Heads of Ayr Open Farm Park

This is located on the A719, just south of Ayr, at the Heads of Ayr.

The Electric Brae

This world famous site is located on the A719 between Culzean and Ayr. Have you ever experienced a car rolling up hill? This is within walking distance of the campsite via Croy Bay Beach

Burns Country

The birth place of Robert Burns is located at Alloway, and Burns Cottage is opened to visitors. There is also the Tam O'Shanter Experience at Alloway, The Auld Kirk, Burns Monument and the famous Brig O'Doon.
Souter Johnnie's Cottage can be found at Kirkoswald.

Ayrshire Coastal Path

The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs for 100 miles from Glenapp to Skelmorlie along one of the finest coastlines in the British

General Tourist Information

For more information on what to do and see in Ayrshire visit Ayrshire Tourist Office or South Ayrshire Council Tourist Information

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Shopping Facilities

There is a Co-op Supermarket in Maybole, also butchers and bakers.

There is a choice of larger supermarkets in Ayr as well as a full range of shops typical of county and holiday town.

Girvan also has a supermarket and range of shops.

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Site Charges - 2017 Season

The following charges are applied:

S.W Region Scouts* £2.75 per camper per night
Other Scouts* and Guides £3.30 per camper per night
Other Campers £3.50 per camper per night

* NOTE:- Scout Association Leaders, camp for free when accompanying a group (applies to members of the Scout Association only).

A non-refundable deposit of £10.00 (or €20)is required with all bookings. No bookings will be accepted without a deposit

Groups who require sole use of the site should contact the Warden for details of charges.

Requests for dates, verbal or written, must be confirmed within 14 days, using the official booking form, after which time they may not be honoured.

For further information on the camp site, E-mail Culzean including your name & postal address to which we can send a brochure or download a booking form (Word Format) or booking form (pdf Format)

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Culzean is a member of the Association of Scout and Guide Centres

The Campsite Development Project is being part-financed
by the Scottish Government and
the European Community
Ayrshire LEADER
2007 - 2013 Programme

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Author :- Bob McIntyre

View of Lower Site (1) View of Lower Site (2) View of Glade Site Mini Assault Course Uppersite View of Glade Site Campfire Location Transverse Climbing Wall