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. 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 11-4pm

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


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Latest Reviews:

    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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    5/27/2021

    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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    5/27/2021

    star rating  June, our tour guide, was absolutely fantastic. We've had such a wonderful trip to Dundonald Castle and left wanting to know so much more about the area.

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    5/24/2021

    star rating  June, our tour guide, was absolutely fantastic. We've had such a wonderful trip to Dundonald Castle and left wanting to know so much more about the area.

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    5/24/2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

Write Here at Dundonald Castle: Write at the Beginning

This is a creative Writing Workshop for adults who fancy giving writing a go but who have yet to pick up their pencil; an exploration into where to start and where it could lead. Like all good stories, this workshop will have a beginning, a middle and an end, although not necessarily in that order.


Write Here at Dundonald Castle: Wee Writers

This is a wee writer’s workshop to encourage story structure and character building. This will be fun and full of giggles whilst we take one silly word and make it into a gigantic tale. Suitable for children aged between 8 – 12.