• Join our Tour Guide Team
    We are looking for some fantastic new volunteers to join our tour guide team 🏰 If you have a passion for history and would like to meet and share this …
  • Chapter 8 Part Two: The Last Stewart Kings at Dundonald Castle
    1488-1589 by Gwen Sinclair Following the archeological studies of the 80s and 90s1, we have now reached the period between 1449-1589 in our Year of Stories- which begins around the …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 8 Part One:Cannons, Culture and the Clashing of Kings
    1449-1488 By Gwen Sinclair Referencing the archeological studies of the 80s and 90s1, our Chronicles of Castle Hill have now reached the period between 1449-1589. This chapter covers the earlier …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 7 Part 2.  The Tale of the Murdered King
    1406-1449 by Gwen Sinclair Referencing the archeological studies which took place at Dundonald Castle in the 1980s and 90s1, The Chronicles of Castle Hill continues as we explore the story …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 7: Part One: The First Stewart Kings at Dundonald
    1371-1406 By Gwen Sinclair  Referencing the archeological studies of the 1980s and 90s1 (1371-1406): the start of this period, around the time of the unexpected coronation of the first Stewart …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 6 Part 2: War, Plague and Famine
    1300-1371 By Gwen Sinclair As far as archaeology goes for chapter 6 part two of the Chronicles of Castle Hill, it is a period when little is known about what …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 6 Part 1: The Chequerboard and the lion
    1300-1371 by Gwen Sinclair As the Chronicles of Castle Hill continue, referencing the archaeological studies of the 11980s and 90s, evidence suggests this chapter opens with Castle Hill, together with …
  • Dundonald Castle Excavations 2022
    After a few years break, we are excited to announce that we are going to be carrying out more castle excavations from Fri 23rd-Fri 30th of September this year! We are …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 5 Part 2: A Kingdom at War
    1241-1300 By Gwen Sinclair In Part two of Chapter 5 of the Chronicles of Castle Hill,  referencing the 1archaeological studies of 80s and 90s in the period between 1241-1300,  just …
  • Year of Stories Chapter 5 Part One: Alexander’s Great Stone Castle
    1241-1300 By Gwen Sinclair In part one of chapter 5 of the Chronicles of Castle Hill, referencing the 1archaeological studies of 80s and 90s in the period between 1241-1300, the steady …
  • 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 …