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Kelburn Castle

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Kelburn Castle


Quite possibly the single oldest castle in the country of Scotland, Kelburn Castle has been inhabited by the same family since 1140. Originally the name of the family was De Boyville, but over the years changed to just simply Boyle. It is thought that the family came to Britain with William the Conqueror, sometime in 1066. The current family settled in Kelburn around 1140. Kelburn Castle is located in North Aryshire, Scotland and is the seat of the Earl of Glasgow.

There is little information available about the construction of the original keep, but it is assumed that it was built for defensive purposes rather than comfort, based on the similarity to the construction of other facilities of that time which was around 1200 AD. Sometime around 1581, David Boyle enclosed the original keep with a much larger and grander castle complex. This marked the emergence of the family’s start to power in the local community. Read the full story

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Neolithic Tomb in Douglas Park

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Neolithic Tomb in Douglas Park


The Scottish town of Largs is located in North Ayrshire, Scotland. It is a very popular seaside resort that is very rich in both Scottish and Viking history. In the year 1263 Largs became the site of the most important battle in Scottish history; the Battle of Largs.

Also located within the town are very historic monuments that pull tourists from around the world. One of those places is the Neolithic Tomb in Douglas Park. The Neolithic area is the period of time beginning about 9500 BC and is also labeled the New Stone Age. This is when human technology began to make incredible advancements forward with farming, metal tools, and irrigation. Read the full story

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Brisbane Glen & Three Sisters

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Brisbane Glen & Three Sisters


The town of Largs, Scotland is very rich in history and lore. It is a major place of history not just for the Scottish people, but for the Vikings also. Along with all this history, the town of Largs boasts a large number of historical points of interest. One of these places is the Brisbane Glen. Named after noted astronomer Thomas Brisbane, the Glen is one of the world’s foremost places for observing birds.

The Brisbane Glen runs more than 7 miles inland from the town of Largs on the coast. It is accessible by Brisbane Glen Road, a minor road, and offers some of the world’s densest population of birds. Great care is taken to preserve this habitat and the entire Glen, outside of Largs, is enclosed. A car park, picnic area, and both moorland and woodland trails are available to people visiting the Glen. Read the full story

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Ayrshire, Scotland

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Ayrshire, Scotland


Ayrshire exists as the 7th largest county, population-wise, of all the Scottish counties. It is also one of the most fertile and agriculturally sound regions in the region, specifically in Scotland. The Irish would be proud of the Scots production of potatoes on the coast side in Ayrshire. Using seaweed, they make from a unique fertilizer that helps the production tremendously. It’s a region that sems to be a paradise for many who make their living off of the land.

At one time this region was a highly industrialized area and included many steel manufacturing areas, coal plants, and a few notable product line items. Worldwide, the Johnnie Walker whisky label is recognized as one of the best products of its type produced and is made at a distillery in Ayrshire. Even technology and computer companies have a connection to the area, by way of Compaq buying out a native company known as Digital Equipment. Despite the highly manufacturing oriented atmosphere in the past and currently, the jobless rate in the area extends slightly above and beyond the national average. Read the full story

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