Culture, Collections & Archaeology

Culture, Collections & Archaeology

History encapsulated

Our properties would be empty without the over 100,000 artefacts that we protect. From paintings to armoires to small combs and pins used by royalty, there are pieces to fascinate and educate everyone.

Packed to the turrets with antique furniture and furnishings, artworks, porcelain and other fascinating period objects, Culzean Castle is a superb example of high-class living, 18th-century style. Highlights include the Round
Drawing Room with its panoramic view of the Clyde; the Armoury, which holds one of the world’s largest collections of swords and pistols; and the grand Oval Staircase.


Archaeologists made a remarkable discovery of two hidden chambers, one complete with medieval toilet, at Drum Castle in 2013. This added greatly to our knowledge of how the interior of the Tower of Drum was used in the medieval period and further insight into hygiene practices in the 14th century.

Our guides make discoveries, too: Bill, a Guide at Brodick Castle, uncovered previously-hidden drawers within a writing cabinet which contained correspondence dating back to V-E Day in 1945.

It is stories like these that bring our properties to life, and continue to inspire and enthral visitors of all ages.

Case studies

Falkland Palace

Falkland palace has three 17th century Flemish ‘verdure’ tapestries, which were previously hung in the Chapel at the Palace. The hangings depict idyllic hunting scenes and are full of beautiful details such as dogs, birds, rabbits, lions and huntsmen on horseback.

Over the years light damage has taken its toll on the tapestries and there has been considerable decay of the fibres, resulting in holes and weakened areas. The tapestries have also accumulated a lot of dust and dirt. A donation to Falkland Palace could help restore them to their former glory.

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