Culzean Castle and Country Park (Ayrshire)
This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.
Signposted. This site has several ponds within its grounds. All of the common species are found here.
Image by Gordon Robertson.