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Eglinton Country Park and Castle Ruins
Anyone ever been to Eglinton Country Park
in Kilwinning near Irvine, Ayrshire?
The park is a free open space for all to enjoy. Lovely walks around the park, castle ruins, cycle paths, play areas for your children (including two wheelchair swings), fishing, riding paths, cafe, visitor centre and more. Note that the visitor centre is closed at the moment.
I've visited Eglinton Country Park many times over the years, either with my children or to run in the 5k Parkrun
. I'd never really looked at the history here as this is not my strong point.
What got me about Eglinton was trying to imagine around 100,000 people in 1839 at a 14th century re-enactment medieval tournment. This included jousting, large melee, procession of banners, pinnacled canopies and a grand ball. Railway lines were opened especially and steamships also brought visitors. People came from all over the British Isles to watch the competition! So even back then the past was more attractive to us and we brought it back to life.Read more about my visit on my blogView 360 photos on my blogRead more history in the Landscape of the Knights brochureEglinton castle ruins
Eglinton castle ruins from aboveRunning across Tournament BridgeThe Ice HouseThe impressive Tournament Trophy!