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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Online Talk: Fairies, Farm and Family: Witchcraft in 17th Century

In October, we will by joined by Ashlyn Cudney, doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Ashlyn will be taking a closer look at witchcraft in Dundonald in the 17th century.

“In the first half of the seventeenth century, the parish of Dundonald produced ten suspects accused of witchcraft. While only two of the accused witches paid the ultimate price, the Kirk session of Dundonald was tenacious, persistent, and ruthless in their investigation and punishment of witchcraft.

Witchcraft in Dundonald presents with similar patterns to the rest of Lowland Scotland: their witches were majority female, middle-aged, and wise in medicinal remedies for human and animal diseases. Dundonald diverges, however, as their “craze” occurred between 1604-1605, outside of the temporal pattern of panics in seventeenth-century Scotland.