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 and has toilet facilities. Entry fees for the castle are £6 Adult, £5 Senior, £4 ages 5-16, under 5’s go free. We also have a Family ticket (£15) which admits 2 Adults and up to 3 Children. For now, we require to pre-book admission tickets online.

Opening Hours:
Daily 12-4pm

For enquiries: call +44 (0)1563 851489
or email info@dundonaldcastle.org.uk

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Latest Reviews:

    star rating  As historic Scotland members entry is included with membership even though this castle is run by friends of Dundonald castle.

    Parking wasn’t great here but parked on the Main... read more


    star rating  Booked online for the tour inside the castle. Our guide was very good and didn't rush us around. Took time to get to the top level as access was 38... read more


    star rating  Lovely to see Kirsten and her staff back at the castle and visitor centre. They are always so welcoming and are knowledgeable and interesting people to talk to.... read more


    star rating  Tour guide was very well brushed up on her history. She was incredibly patient with my boisterous kids. The castle is nice and has a lot of little details which... read more



Online Talk: The Tower Houses of Scotland

A series of talks hosted by Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO (SC031541) to raise funds for our small, independent charity.

This month we will be joined by Blythe Paterson, PhD Student, Medieval History & Archaeology University of Glasgow (and Education Officer, FoDC).

“This talk will cover the evolution of the tower house in the British isles, focusing largely on the historical events which led to the trend of tower-house building in the conflict regions of England, Ireland and Scotland over the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

We will also discuss the varying designs and layouts these towers take – specifically across Scotland, look into why we believe certain areas are more densely populated with tower houses, and finally, mull over the cultural and political circumstances which caused the tower house to remain an important fixture in Scottish architecture throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.”

The talk will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Reserve your tickets through Eventbrite by clicking the image.