DUNDONALD CASTLE

Dundonald Castle is truly one of Scotland’s hidden gems, tucked away in the quiet, rural landscape in South Ayrshire.

The 14th Century hilltop fortified ruin is looked after on a daily basis by The Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO, who also manage the attraction’s Visitor Centre.

One of Scotland’s most unexplored and fascinating outdoor attractions, this heritage treasure was the historic home to Scots King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce. It boasts historic links to the Stewart dynasty, the Wallace family, and the Cochranes, favourites of Charles II.

Experience impressive barrel-vaulted ceilings, enjoy spectacular coastal views and join the Castle Team for stories and rare finds from the site’s 3500-year-old past. The Castle’s rich history is illustrated for all ages, through initiatives in Education, Archaeology, Events, Exhibitions, Weddings  and tours led by enthusiastic local guides.

FoDC work in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland. This successful partnership allows FoDC to continue to excite people about their heritage, to bring life back to the Castle and deliver a first-class visitor experience for all. Historic Scotland members are welcome to use their cards to gain free entry to Dundonald Castle. A visit to Dundonald Castle is a great family day out, with a place to enjoy locally-sourced, healthy food options from our café, a museum and exhibition area, and local play and picnic areas. Our Visitor Centre is fully-accessible, has toilet facilities and is dog-friendly.





Coming Up

SATURDAY 9TH JULY FROM 230PM

(PICNICS WELCOME FROM 130PM)

Quantum Theatre are back with an enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved Tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

Peter and his naughty cousin Benjamin know very well that they are not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, but they cannot resist and soon they find themselves in all sorts of scrapes, caught In a net, trapped by a snarling cat and face to face with Mr McGregor himself! 

How will they ever escape?  Can Old Mr Bunny come to the rescue in time?  And whatever will Mr McGregor make of all those footprints in the flower beds?

Michael Whitmore’s charming adaptation will have you spellbound so why not grab the kids, a blanket and a picnic and join Peter and Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures  – a magical afternoon of fun for all the family.

BOOK TICKETS ONLINE OR IN THE VISITOR CENTRE


FRIDAY 15TH JULY FROM 7PM

(PICNICS WELCOME FROM 6PM – LICENSED BEER/WINE BAR STRICTLY 18+)

The Three Inch Fools are dusting down their musical instruments and hitting the road with Shakespeare’s
riotous comedy, Twelfth Night.

Prepare for an evening of mischief and hilarity, as five actors present an inventive take on this rip-roaring
comedy, fit for all the family. Touring the UK this summer, this Shakespearean classic will be getting the full
Three Inch Fools treatment: expect fast-paced drama, endless costume changes, and much music-making
along the way!

★★★★★ – “So entertaining…laugh-out-loud funny”
★★★★★ – “One of the best Shakespeare plays I’ll ever watch” – The Bristol Post
★★★★★ – “The ultimate British theatrical experience” – Hastings Independent Press


Bring your own blankets, cushions, and camping-chairs and join us on our outdoor adventure at some of the most beautiful and historic landmarks in the UK. Come prepared for the weather – the performance will
continue come rain come shine!

BOOK TICKETS ONLINE OR IN THE VISITOR CENTRE


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  • Year of Stories 2: The Iron Age Hillfort
    From early prehistory into the later medieval period, Dundonald’s naturally defensible hill top site brings us a prime example of continued settlement and fortification. Our story now continues to the Iron Age and references the second period of known human settlement uncovered from the archaeological studies which took place here in the 1980s and 90s.
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