Every Girl Deserves A Castle….

Images by Anthony Dawson

Scotland is famous for many things, one of which is it’s castles. There are so many beautiful castles all across the country but my favourite is one close to my hometown, Culzean Castle (pronounced Cull-ane). It sits on cliff on the South West Coast of Scotland looking out over the Firth of Forth to the island of Arran and on a clear day you can even see the Irish coast.

The castle was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and was home to Kennedy family before being given to the National Trust for Scotland in 1945. As part of that agreement a part of the castle was offered to General Eisenhower as a thank you from the Scottish people for commanding the allied forces in the second World War. The General visited on 4 occasions, including while he was President.

The castle itself is filled with treasures of all those who have lived there and tells many stories. Every time I visit I see something new and hear a new story about the families or the estate. Along with its spectacular cliff top position and the small beaches beneath are the beautiful grounds the castle sits in. The Kennedy family were keen to impress and the grounds are full of beautiful gardens with a huge Swan Pond and lots of picturesque woodland walks. Again there are always new places to explore and they look different in each season.

One of my favourite times of the year is Christmas when the castle comes alive with fairytale characters. Cinderella dances in the ballroom with Prince Charming, Snow White prepares apple pie in the kitchen and you can always see Rapunzel’s pleated hair flowing down from the tallest turret.

As one of my favourite places and somewhere I love to take visitors I was delighted to do this dance themed shoot at Culzean to share with the readers of Dixie magazine.

One of my favourite times of the year is Christmas when the castle comes alive with fairytale characters. Cinderella dances in the ballroom with Prince Charming, Snow White prepares apple pie in the kitchen and you can always see Rapunzel’s pleated hair flowing down from the tallest turret.

As one of my favourite places and somewhere I love to take visitors I was delighted to do this dance themed shoot at Culzean to share with the readers of Dixie magazine.