Culzean Castle: backdrop to Britain's greatest cult film

  • The List
  • 18 August 2015
Culzean Castle

Courtesy of National Trust for Scotland

Come, it is time to keep your appointment with The Wicker Man

Turrets, battlements and lashing waves: the Robert Adam-designed Culzean Castle offers the perfect setting for adventure, romance and intrigue. So it’s no wonder that it’s inspired film crews for decades.

Fans of 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man in particular will recognise Culzean Castle as the home of Lord Summerisle, played memorably by Christopher Lee. Exterior shots of the castle were used in the film, although the majority of the interior shots were filmed at Lochinch Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

More recently, several BBC filming crews have visited Culzean. In October 2014, Antiques Road Trip made a stop at the castle. And the award-winning BBC4 documentary Written by Mrs Bach, in which Martin Jarvis investigated whether JS Bach’s Cello Suites were in fact written by his wife, also featured Culzean.

Culzean Castle and Country Park, Ayrshire, KA19 8LE

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8LE

Visit the Castle to admire the period objects, take in the panoramic view of the Clyde from the Round Drawing Room and check out one of the world’s largest collections of swords and pistols in the Armoury. Outdoors there are around 40 other quirky…

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