Situated in rural Ayrshire, against a spectacular coastal backdrop, Dundonald Castle is a monument which stands as testimony, not only to the origins of the Royal Stewart dynasty, but also to the development of the nation of Scotland itself.
Having lapsed into obscurity from the 16th Century onwards, Dundonald Castle has experienced something of a renaissance, transformed from a forgotten and neglected ruin into one of Ayrshire’s must see visitor attractions.
The Friends of Dundonald Castle seek to promote awareness and interpret the history of the site by providing; guides who can conduct visitors around the castle, an exhibition space with highly detailed models recreating the evolution of the castle hill and by the production of a new guidebook relating the castles development and history.
But it’s more than a visitor attraction. With weddings, musical events and even serving as a film venue, Dundonald Castle is increasingly a living castle, contributing not only as a stopping point for visitors but also as a focus for the local community.
Please join us at Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre for 12.30pm. Entry is free and made at the event
Please join us at Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre for 7.00 pm. We will be open late.
5:30pm at the Playing Fields below Dundonald Castle. We will remain open untill after 10k.
6pm at the Playing Fields below Dundonald Castle for this traditional torture of the youngsters as they sprint from start to finish!
7.30 pm at the Playing Fields below Dundonald Castle. Run through the beautiful Ayrshire countryside the course offers something for all levels, with a series of challenging climbs and descents in the first half giving way to a long flat stretch on the return back to the village. The course time limit set at 2 hours and 350 runners.
6:30pm at the Playing Fields below Dundonald Castle. Entry is open to teams aged 16 and over, at £10 per team. £100 prize money. Pre-entry is required. No entries will be taken on the night. To enter please contact Bryan Mitchell on 07519 921 969.
Dundonald Highland Games is one of Ayrshire’s premier cultural events. It is unique in capturing traditional Scottish heritage and strong community spirit within the picturesque setting of Royal Dundonald Castle.
Monday – Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Castle is closed during the winter months.
Adult Conc. £3.60
Children up to 16 years £2.70
Members of Historic Scotland
Friends of Dundonald Castle
Children under 5
Historic Scotland Explorer passes
English Heritage * CADW Members *
Manx National Heritage *