A Unique Ayrshire Welcome
At Dundonald Castle & Visitor Centre, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.
Open all year, it’s busy with visitors from all over the world, wanting to know more about Scotland’s dramatic past. You can buy a ticket at the Visitor Centre, although pre-booking is recommended, and be taken on a tour of the castle by one of our enthusiastic volunteer tour guides. Their knowledge of Dundonald’s special place in history is amazing, and tours cater to all ages and interests.
Check out our what to expect page for more info on our current Covid-19 measures.
Dundonald Castle (not just a ruin!)
The surviving fabric of Dundonald Castle dates mostly from the third phase of building. This was carried out in the late 14th century, on the instructions of King Robert II, the first of the Stewart monarchs.
With its steep slopes and commanding views if the surrounding countryside, Castle Hill is a well defended place, which has attracted settlers from early times. Several neighbouring hills have also been settled in the distant past; remains of forts have been found on Kemp Law and Wardlaw Hill.
Archaeological investigations on Castle Hill have so far discovered over 3500 years of history.
Visitor Centre Cafe
Within our Visitor Centre, is our small and cosy café with indoor seating for around twenty, complimented by our (often) sunny outdoor seating area for offering un-rivalled views of the castle. No passing traffic with nasty fumes, instead just enjoy the peaceful surroundings; there really isn’t anywhere else in the county that can boast of such a location.
Our centre is not just for castle visitors though. Why not join us after an invigorating walk, or a gentle stroll along the historic smuggler’s trail that runs from Troon’s South Beach, through the ancient woodlands of Fullarton and Dundonald all the way to the castle. An extensive choice of ‘Italian Aroma’ coffee awaits, along with a range of teas and herbal teas. Soya milk is available as a dairy alternative.
We try our best to cater for dietary needs, however, please get in touch with us before your visit and we will do our best to accommodate your needs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Although dogs are not allowed inside the Visitor Centre itself, dogs are very welcome on site and can be taken inside the castle, as long as you make sure they’re on a lead, and any mess is cleared up.
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) £15
Children 5-16 £4
Under 5’s go free
We also accept Historic Scotland memberships and passes.
Due to current Covid-19 measures, you must book your admission tickets in advance. You can do this easily by visiting our admissions page.
How to Get Here:
If you are travelling via car, our address is Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre, Winehouse Yett, Dundonald, KA2 9HD.
If you are travelling via public transport you can use this handy direction tool below: