DUNDONALD CASTLE & VISITOR CENTRE

OPENING TIMES: DAILY 10AM-5PM
(Last castle tour at 330pm | Last castle entry at 4pm)

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 daily 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 historical 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 works 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 for 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.

Latest Reviews

Alison Anderson
20/05/2024
Had the guided tour, very informative and friendly staff. Good value
Scott McGregor
16/05/2024
Excellent historical site and the visitor centre has a lovely cafe to have a quick bit to eat and a drink. Guided tour around the castle by passionate local volunteers is highly recommended!
Tom McMahon
01/05/2024
On the 25/04/2024 we paid for the tour with the fantastic June! She was incredibly informative and a fantastic host. Not only informing us of the history of Castle Dundonald, but recommended a few other places. We certainly took her up on the suggestion of Stirling Castle too 😃😍 I would highly recommend paying this place a visit and taking the tour, if you're into your history and are a fan of Robert the Bruce 😉 Thank you very much June, we appreciated our time with you very much!
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb Deductress
    February 16, 2023
  • star rating  A lovely place to visit. Cafe excellent and staff went above and beyond. Great visit. Very interesting.

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    December 4, 2022
  • star rating  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

    marciawS5889UP
    October 30, 2022
  • star rating  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

    Susansnotes
    October 6, 2022
  • star rating  What a great place to visit. Our Additional Support Needs groups are always made welcome to the Castle and Visitors Center. The coffee and cake is served with a smile,... read more

    J2642GZsuzannes
    August 18, 2022

FODC Updates

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Supported by ARIA: FoDC Visitor Centre Improvements & Expansion Plan 2024

This project aims to improve our visitor and community experience through upgrades in the Visitor Centre and a feasibility study for future expansion.

Thank you to ARIA for their wonderful support.