Rozelle Estate and MacLaurin Galleries, Ayr, Image courtesy of www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk

Rozelle Estate

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Rozelle Estate

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The Estate of Rozelle was gifted to the public in 1968 by Commander J. Hamilton, on the understanding that it be utilised for cultural and recreational pursuits only.

The gardens of Rozelle combine mature woodland, rhododendron walks, parkland and ornamental ponds, to produce a rich and varied landscape for all visitors.

Rozelle is often used for a variety of sporting events throughout the year and is the venue of the Ayr Flower Show.

Once you have enjoyed the walks around the estate you may wish to explore the Maclaurin Galleries in Rozelle house and have a coffee at the Rozelle Café.

Wildlife

Rozelle has a great range of common bird and animal life. Around the pond area you will be likely to see mallards, swans, moorhens and herons. While in the woodland and parkland areas you will find blackbirds, collard doves, blue tits, housemartins and swallows, woodpeckers, tree creepers and wrens, sparrow hawk and tawny owls.

Mammals include: - red and grey squirrels, stoat, weasel and foxes.

Woodland

The woodland of Rozelle is one of its most important features. The shelterbelt dates back to the time of the purchase of the land in 1754, some of the original Yew, Beech, Sycamore and Horse Chestnut trees can still be seen. Many of the original parkland trees still stand and can be seen on the McDermont plan of 1834; there are also more recent plantings, date around the 1900's - Oak, Acer and Elm. Some of the most interesting trees within the Estate centre around the house and include: - The Ceder of Lebanon which is reputed to have been planted on the completion of the house; the Camperdown Elms, Holm Oak, Cut Leaf Beech and the very impressive Wellingtonia.

Open: Monday 10am - 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon - 5pm.