Eisenhower’s Scottish retreat
Perched dramatically on a cliff with views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran, Culzean Castle is architect Robert Adam’s greatest masterpiece. Now overseen by the National Trust for Scotland, it also contains one of the UK’s most atmospheric small hotels, says Jason Allardyce in The Sunday Times – an “elegant” top floor apartment that, in 1945, was given to General (later President) Eisenhower, to thank him for his wartime service commanding Scottish troops into battle in Europe. He fell in love with the place, and visited four times. Known as “The Eisenhower”, it feels almost “like another world”, steeped in history and “laden with treasures”. The beds are comfortable, the breakfasts “splendid” and there’s much of interest in the grounds, including “delightful” beaches and two well-equipped children’s play areas. Rooms start from £175 b&b (01655-884455, www.culzeaneisenhower.com).