Dunure Castle and Labyrinth

A hidden gem on the Ayrshire coast.

I thought this would cheer up those of you who live in Scotland. We’re coping with rain, rain and more rain (which we’re grateful for on the one hand and depressed about on the other), while the Continent copes with heat, heat and more heat.

Way back when, there was a sunny day (May? June?) and we went to one of my favourite places on the west coast of Scotland, Culzean Castle (pronounced cull-ayn). The bluebells were very late this year and there were a few still hanging on in the wooded walkways.
I’d heard about a labyrinth nearby and we set off to find it in the late afternoon. You have to take the lovely coastal road north from Culzean and watch that you don’t shoot past the left turn down to Dunure.

In the village’s recreation area, we were astonished to come upon a ruined castle at the edge of the sea with a strange beehive-shaped dovecote next to it. But no sign of a labyrinth.
It took a few minutes and a few questions to learn that the labyrinth is down on the beach, under a steep cliff. None of the other visitors, picnicking next to their cars, seemed bothered to go down and walk it. But we did, of course.

Sea, rocks, castle ruins and blue sky. Twisting and turning around the labyrinth’s path all on our own.

Bliss.

By | 2017-05-20T12:29:07+00:00 July 21st, 2010|Inspirations|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. admin February 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Damir,

    Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found my post about the Dunure labyrinth. I was told that it was built by local people as part of the celebration of the Millennium. It must be one of the most beautiful locations for a sun labyrinth!

    Your website is very nice (I like the labyrinth temporary tattoos!). It’s great to know there is a network of people around the world who are interested in labyrinths!

    Best wishes,
    Teresa

  2. Damir February 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Hi Teresa,
    I recently stumbeled upon a photo of Dunure labyrinth so I found your site. I was very surprised to see the Sun labyrinth there.
    I’m glad you found walking the labyrinth blissfull. It almost always is. You can check out my celestial labyrinths web page.
    Do you know who built the labyrinth? And why?
    Best regards from Croatia.
    Damir

  3. admin June 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Bob,

    I am delighted that your tour guides knew about Dunure and took your church group there. What a nice memory to take back to Canada. I only learned about it by doing an internet search for labyrinths in Scotland. I wish there were more labyrinths around, in general, and I commend the people of Dunure for putting their lovely one in such a special place!

    All the best,
    Teresa

  4. Bob Root June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Our church was on a tour of Scotland, Wales and England and stopped at Dunure Castle (the tour company is DeNure Tours). We knew nothing about the labyrinth, but when we saw it, we knew we had to walk it — “bliss” is an apt description, an unexpected “thin place” as we travelled along. Ah……

  5. malc August 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    jings, I never knew that was there either! Doesnt look like one I would get that lost in though, probably just step over the stones if I did. I’d put my bunnies in it and see if they could get out, maybe….

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