• Chapter 4: Princes, Stewards and Ancient Kings
    1000 AD-1240 AD By Gwen Sinclair Referencing the archeological studies of the 180s and 90s, continued human settlement on Castle Hill from this period is indicated by post holes which …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 3: Vikings, Kingdoms and Fire!
    c.600 AD – 1000 AD By Gwen Sinclair Chapter 3 of the Chronicles of Castle Hill take us into the Early Historic Period at Dundonald – which appears to have …
  • Year of Stories 2: The Iron Age Hillfort
    From early prehistory into the later medieval period, Dundonald’s naturally defensible hill top site brings us a prime example of continued settlement and fortification. Our story now continues to the Iron Age and references the second period of known human settlement uncovered from the archaeological studies which took place here in the 1980s and 90s.
  • Dundonald Castle is OPEN!
    Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO (SC031541) are delighted that Dundonald Castle, one of Ayrshire’s premier cultural attractions is now open. Dundonald Castle is the first partnership site to be reopened …
  • Year of Stories 1: Tales of our First Known Inhabitants
      2021 was the 650th anniversary for Dundonald Castle, and we were thrilled with the response we received to our series of blogs, vlogs and events exploring many aspects of …
  • #HeritageTreasures 2022
    Today is #HeritageTreasure day and we would like to celebrate Dundonald Castle and its surroundings! We are lucky to be surrounded by many things that our community would call a …
  • The Pocket Anthology
    Our wonderful writers were presented with the first copies of their book last night! Over the last few months, the Write Here at Dundonald Castle Writing Group have been working …
  • The ‘Witches’ of Dundonald 
        By Gwen Sinclair     James VI of Scotland/James I of England The reign of James VI (1567-1625) was not only the longest reign of any previous Scottish monarch, …
  • Watch: ‘Non-Royal Castle Architecture and the Centralisation of Power in the ‘Long’ 15th Century’ Talk by David Weinczok for Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO (SC031541)
      By Gwen Sinclair    On 12th August, we were delighted to welcome David C. Weinczok as the invited speaker for our latest Online Talks Series. Hailing from Canada, David now lives and works in Edinburgh as …
  • Alexander of Dundonald 4th High Steward of Scotland
    By Gwen Sinclair and David Taylor It is now time to explore the story of Alexander Fitz Walter, also known as Alexander of Dundonald, Alexander de Dundonald or Alexander Stewart …
  • Autumn has arrived!
    By Gwen Sinclair  This week finds us at the time of the Autumn Equinox which is the moment when the sun moves southwards from the North Pole after it had …
  • Book Launch: ‘The Dundonald Smugglers Revisited’ by Frances Wilkins
    Today – 18th September 2020 – we have the pleasure of hosting a Book Launch – initially planned for this time last year when author Frances Wilkins – who has …
  • Scotland’s Changing Climate and Heritage Talk by David Harkin Re-visited
    National Climate Week 2021    By Gwen Sinclair Today marks the beginning of National Climate Week –  an annual event, which started in 2016 to help raise awareness of the …
  • Was The Wolf of Badenoch a fair title for Alexander Stewart?
    Written by Gwen Sinclair with Guest Contributors Todd Ferguson and Dr Callum Watson Most people know that investigating history offers up a variety of pathways to follow- and the further …
  • Art at the Time of Robert II Revisited
    Notes from Friends of Dundonald Castle (SCO 31541) Talks Series By Gwen Sinclair  Another widely spread audience joined us for Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO (SCO 31541) online monthly talk …