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The ruins of majestic 16th-century Greenan Castle guard the cliffs of south-west Ayr, overlooking the Firth of Clyde
About Greenan Castle
Poised on the very edge of the South-Ayrshire coast, the now-ruinous skeleton of Greenan Castle nevertheless retains much of its imposing grandeur. Ideally situated for anticipating enemy attacks from the sea, in 1601 the fortification was actually the site of inter-clan fighting, ambush and murder. The execution of Sir Thomas Kennedy in the woods outside Greenan Castle formed the basis for 'An Ayrshire Tragedty', a short play by Sir Walter Scott.
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