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22?SUMMER 2012WWW.NTS.ORG.UKARCHITECTUREbe traced back to a royal charterfrom 1222, much of the presentbuilding dates from between the16th and 19th centuries, duringwhich time it was extensively restoredand extended by owners including the Gordons,the Earls of Aberdeen. The Gordon family builtup a superb collection of paintings at Fyvie,including important works by Raeburn,Gainsborough and Reynolds. So what was once adefensive house on a defensive site is now abuilding that exemplifies and celebrates a greatlegacy of Scottish architectural and artistic creativity.Culzeanis much more the child's vision of acastle, complete with crenellations, perchedromantically on its Ayrshire cliff-top. While Fyviedeveloped and changed over several centuries,Culzean is a more singular architectural statement.Robert Adam, one of the two contenders for the title"Scotland's greatest architect" produced a workwhich combines charming, domestic-scale roomswith grand chambers, befitting 18th-centuryaristocratic entertaining. Set in Scotland's first country park, Culzean and itsItalianate home farm attract visitors whose interestsrange beyond the castle itself to its elaboratelyconstructed gardens with their impressive lily pondsand the dramatic coastal setting. Adam sited what isinarguably his greatest country house to maximise thedrama of both long views and close-to. Culzean also glories in its later association with thegreat General Dwight D Eisenhower, who was given agrace and favour apartment here as a thank you for hisSecond World War service as Supreme Commander ofthe Allied Forces. This is a further important layer ofhistory among the attractions of what is one ofScotland's jewels. The contrast between Culzean and the littlethatched house, not so far away in Alloway, whichwas the first home of Scotland's favourite creativeson, Robert Burns, could not be more extreme.While those who grandly dwelt in the former werewaited upon by the proverbial army of servants, theinhabitants of the little cottage would, in the wintermonths, share their home and heat with their cattle. Making history understandable has always been akey part of the Trust's mission. In Alloway the newRobert Burns Birthplace Museum, designed withthe latest sustainability principles at its core,welcomes visitors to a village full of the places whichformed Burns and informed his poetry. Designed bySimpson & Brown Architects, the new buildingincorporates museum displays and helps to orientatevisitors around the buildings and monuments of thevillage, including Burns Cottage itself, Alloway AuldBurns Cottage, above,and Culzean Castle,right, with its oval staircase, inset"What was once a defensivehouse now exemplifies andcelebrates a great legacy ofScottish creativity"?

FyvieCastle,Aberdeenshire4thAugust2012MediasponsorSupportedbyPlatinumsponsorSOPHIEELLIS-BEXTORTickets.Early-birdreducedpriceticketsavailableonline.ReturncoachtravelfromAberdeen.CorporatehospitalityoptionsavailableAllprofitsgeneratedbyFyvieLivewillbedonatedtoAberdeen-basedcharity,FriendsofANCHOR.ContactGeorgeWalkerOBEforfulldetails:T01467628876| Pokery The Bogus BrothersThe Targetts Stephen Innes Mass pipes and drums Grand fireworks finaléFree parkingTop quality cateringPicnic on the lawnPremium gold sponsorGold sponsorPrint sponsorRadio sponsorSilver sponsorBronze sponsorManaged aid ofUnleash your creativityBetween July and October this year join us in celebrating creativity and the genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh across a range of exciting exhibitions, events and activities for the whole family, which culminate in a Creative Mackintosh Festival from 15 - 28 October 2012 across Mackintosh buildings and locations in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.Attractions:???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Scotland Street School Museum Daily Record Building* *external viewingCREATIVE MACKINTOSHEvents include: Unbuilt Mackintosh exhibition ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Street theatre. Creative Mackintosh Festival 15 - 28 October 2012???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? More online at glasgowmackintosh.comthe prom at glamisSaturday 11th August 2012Pack a picnic & join us for a musical feast in a magnificent setting. Starring RSNO ???? Ailish Tynan ???? The Lonach Pipe Band ????Conducted by Grant Llewellyn ???? Firework FinaleTickets: Call 01307 840393 or visit £31 if purchased before 31st JulyEARLY BIRD TICKETSBuy 10 get 1 free