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Culzean Castle Stables Cave (west)

Culzean Castle Estate, Ayrshire.

NGR:NS 23354 10349
WGS84:55.35530, -4.78798
Length:70 m
Vert. Range:10 m
Altitude:1 m
Geology:Basalt, Andesite
Tags:Cave, SeaCave, Archaeo, SAM
Registry:main

4.2 m high , 5.5 m wide triangular entrance widens 10 m in transforming into a large raised beach sea cave with a flat mud and rock covered floor. A narrow cleft to the east is partially blocked by the remains of a masonry wall with a well built doorway leading to the east entrance [CCE2] . A boulder ruckle to the south is climbable but it is easier to veer left (west) where 30 m of 2.5 m high 2 m wide muddy floored passage leads to another larger chamber. The roof slopes down to the north to meet the floor.

The boulder ruckle in the first chamber can be climbed rising about 3 m in height about 5 m along the western passage. The roof rises as well keeping about 2 m above the boulders. 5 m south it is possible to drop through a gap in the boulders and follow an oxbow along the south wall of the cave emerging about 8 m to the east. Alterrnatively it is possible to scramble along the top of the boulders about 15 m eastwasts where anothe hole drops into a low crawl south into a further chamber.

From the start of the low crawl it is also possible to squeeze through the boulders along a couple of routes to where the boulder ruckle drops away back to the entrance chamber.

Alternate Names: CCE 3

Notes: An Archaeological dig in 2018 discovered the remains of a second doorway built in the western entrance about 1 m below the present floor level. The excavation has since been infilled toi protect the stonework.

The site including Stables Cave and Castle Cave became a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2002.

Herakld moths are known to use the entrance to the cave in cold weather.

Wellies reconmmended/required for lower areas along the western passage.

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This entry was last updated: 2019-11-26 19:06:52

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