Kelburn's quirky turn

Scottish Sporting Gazette

Keeping Scottish estates afloat is no financial walk in the park. House and cottage maintenance, staff wages, sporting overheads, taxes, etc...

For this reason, one way or another, diversification has found its valued place. Distilleries, golf, off-roading, and some slightly less orthodox designs.

Like any hoary castle, Kelburn - home to the Earl of Glasgow Patrick Boyle - takes substantial upkeep. One day, the Earl was informed that the concrete facings needed to be redone in order to save the stone underneath.

To raise money for this, the Earl's children hatched a hugely unconventional plan: to commission four Brazilian street artists to graffiti the castle, and then invite the public to gaze upon their work.

There's no arguing that Kelburn is in a quirky league of its own.

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