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 and has toilet facilities.

Unfortunately Dundonald Castle is temporarily closed whilst Historic Environment Scotland carry out high level masonry surveys across a number of their sites. For the latest, please follow this link: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/site-access-update/


Opening Hours:

Dundonald Castle is temporarily closed

Visitor Centre Open Daily 11am-4pm

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


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Latest Reviews:

    star rating  Permanently Shut at the moment (for health and safety reasons due to falling masonry). We did get to walk up to the castle for free and see most of the... read more

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    August 16, 2021

    star rating  Pure beauty. Those are the only two words needed to describe this castle. It is an extremely well preserved state with work being done on it currently, as I write... read more

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    July 28, 2021

    star rating  A small castle but with very interesting history. Dave the tour guide was fab. Knowledgable, informative and could answer any questions. He followed all social distancing guidance even wiping down... read more

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    May 27, 2021

    star rating  A small castle but with very interesting history. Dave the tour guide was fab. Knowledgable, informative and could answer any questions. He followed all social distancing guidance even wiping down... read more

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    May 27, 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS


ONLINE TALK: Interpreting political power through castle architecture during the ‘long’ 15th century at Ardrossan and Crookston castles

This month we will be joined by David C. Weinzcok. David is a writer, presenter, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland based in Edinburgh. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, he relocated to Scotland in 2011. He is a regular features writer for The Scots Magazine and has composed works on Scottish history for History Today, History Scotland, and The Scottish Banner. His debut book, ‘The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers’ connects Scottish history to the popular series and has been a critical success. David has visited nearly 450 Scottish castles and is known for creating online historical content as ‘The Castle Hunter’.

In this talk, David C. Weinczok will question whether or not the essential premise of the 15th century ‘centralising state’ holds ground, how such a shift might be tangibly observed in the historical record, and how the two castles of Ardrossan and Crookston possibly reflect these changing circumstances.