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, 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.
OPENING TIMES: 10am-5pm DAILY
Pre-booking is available but not required for tour times
Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre – THURSDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER FROM 7PM
Come along for a night of creativity!
Paint your own canvas with the guidance of local artist Tina Sloan, who will take you step-by-step through the process in a relaxed and fun way!
This month we will be painting Arran.
All materials are provided, just come along to the Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre, bring a bottle (£3 corkage), or order refreshments at the Visitor Centre.
(Please wear appropriate clothing in case of paint splatters!)
- Chapter 4: Princes, Stewards and Ancient Kings1000 AD-1240 AD By Gwen Sinclair Referencing the archeological studies of the 180s and 90s, continued human settlement on Castle Hill from this period is indicated by post holes which …
- Year of Stories Chapter 3: Vikings, Kingdoms and Fire!c.600 AD – 1000 AD By Gwen Sinclair Chapter 3 of the Chronicles of Castle Hill take us into the Early Historic Period at Dundonald – which appears to have …
- Year of Stories 2: The Iron Age HillfortFrom 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.