OPENING TIMES: DAILY 10AM-4PM
(Last entry to castle at 230pm)
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 a spectacular coastal view 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 can 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.
Genuinely impressed by this site. It feels like there's not much to see/do, but the tour provided by June was just fantastic.
June is a local to the area, and... read more
February 16, 2023
Wonderful place -great gem of history. We had a great tour with a wonderful guide Alasdair. He answered all our questions and knew all about the ghosts -and quite... read more
October 30, 2022
My friend and I live local to the castle, but had never actually been on a tour. We both found it thoroughly interesting and really enjoyed learning about the history,... read more
October 6, 2022
- Join our Tour Guide TeamWe are looking for some fantastic new volunteers to join our tour guide team 🏰 If you have a passion for history and would like to meet and share this … Read more
- Chapter 8 Part Two: The Last Stewart Kings at Dundonald Castle1488-1589 by Gwen Sinclair Following the archeological studies of the 80s and 90s1, we have now reached the period between 1449-1589 in our Year of Stories- which begins around the … Read more
- Year of Stories Chapter 8 Part One:Cannons, Culture and the Clashing of Kings1449-1488 By Gwen Sinclair Referencing the archeological studies of the 80s and 90s1, our Chronicles of Castle Hill have now reached the period between 1449-1589. This chapter covers the earlier … Read more