Wee Writers: Anthology

Recently, our Writer in Residence; Lorraine Johnston, hosted a series of six Wee Writers writing workshops (Write Here at Dundonald Castle: Wee Writers). These workshops were aimed at kids aged …

Genealogy Surprises!

Written by Gwen Sinclair with John and Liz Kirby “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”  Marcus Garvey  It …

650 Stone Painting Challenge

2021 marks 650 years of Royal Dundonald Castle and commemorates the beginning of the reign of King Robert II who was the first Stewart Monarch. To celebrate, the Friends of …

Who was Donald?

Written by Gwen Sinclair Dundonald contains one of the most prominent medieval sites in Ayrshire – and today we are looking into the origins of its name – which comes …

The Smugglers Trail

Written by Gwen Sinclair Five and twenty ponies, Trotting through the dark — Brandy for the Parson, ‘Baccy for the Clerk; Them that asks no questions isn’t told a lie …

Dundonald Castle Temporary Closure

Historic Environment Scotland have temporarily closed Dundonald Castle, along with many other sites across Scotland, due to safety concerns. Everyone is working hard to get the castle open again as …