Saturday 18 May 2019

Castle on the coast

Had a wonderful day out on Thursday.  We went down the coast to Ayr, but stopped off at Portencross, a place I had never been before.  It is only a small hamlet, but has a beautiful little castle perched right on the shores of the Firth of Clyde.

It was the perfect day for a visit.  The sun was shining and the waters of the tiny harbour were calm and clear.

Portencross Castle was closed when we visited, (check out Portencross Castle website for opening times), but just wandering around outside was very atmospheric. 

The red sandstone looks fantastic in this light.  You can see the weathering caused by the salt air and sea spray.

The Friends of Portencross Castle have a fabulous website where you can find out all about the history of the castle and the ongoing work to keep it accessible to the public.  What a great job groups of people like this do for their local history and environment.  They have lots of photographs of the interior of the castle too.

You can read the fascinating history of the castle here.  It really was a very romantic spot ... in the sunshine!  Although if the weather was different, I can imagine the atmosphere would be a whole lot different!

We then travelled on to Ayr and wandered around the shops and had a lovely meal out before returning home.  A great day out.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Liz


Crimson Kettle said...

What a wonderful place, such gorgeous colours.

Polyester Princess said...

What a fabulous place! That first photo, especially, really made my heart sing. The colours are just fantastic! xxx

mamasmercantile said...

What an amazing place to visit. Such a shame it wasn't open but beautiful to see none the less.

Julie said...

A very atmospheric and romantic looking castle.

Vix said...

Gorgeous photos!