Dundonald Castle is truly one of Scotland’s hidden gems, tucked away in the quiet, rural landscape in South Ayrshire.

The 14th Century hilltop fortified ruin is looked after on a daily basis by The Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO, who also manage the attraction’s Visitor Centre.

One of Scotland’s most unexplored and fascinating heritage treasures, the castle was the historic home to Scots King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce and boasts historic links to the Stewart dynasty and the Cochrane family, favourites of Charles II.

Experience impressive barrel-vaulted ceilings, enjoy spectacular coastal views and join the Castle Team for stories and rare finds from the site’s 2000-year-old past. The Castle’s rich history is illustrated for all ages, through initiatives in Education, Archaeology, Events and Exhibitions.

The Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO work in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland. This successful partnership allows FODC to continue to excite people about their heritage, to bring life back to the Castle and deliver a first-class visitor experience for all.

Opening Hours: Temporarily Closed

For enquiries: call +44 (0)1563 851489
or email info@dundonaldcastle.org.uk

FODC Updates 📬

  • #HeritageTreasures day – Monday 11 January 2021
    2020 has been a particularly challenging year for the heritage sector and Dundonald Castle has been no exception. Dundonald Castle is managed on a daily basis by the Friends of …
  • Early Christmas Closure
    In response to the Scottish Government’s announcement earlier today, FODC have made the tough decision to close the Visitor Center from 4pm tomorrow. Dundonald Castle remains closed for maintenance. We …

Latest Reviews:

      As historic Scotland members entry is included with membership even though this castle is run by friends of Dundonald castle.

    Parking wasn’t great here but parked on the Main... read more


      Booked online for the tour inside the castle. Our guide was very good and didn't rush us around. Took time to get to the top level as access was 38... read more


      Lovely to see Kirsten and her staff back at the castle and visitor centre. They are always so welcoming and are knowledgeable and interesting people to talk to.... read more


      Tour guide was very well brushed up on her history. She was incredibly patient with my boisterous kids. The castle is nice and has a lot of little details which... read more



Online Talk: Prehistory in Ayrshire

A series of talks hosted by Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO (SC031541) to raise funds for our small, independent charity.

Guest speaker Dr Kenny Brophy (Head of Archaeology Dept. at University of Glasgow), will be talking about Prehistory in Ayrshire. Often overlooked, Ayrshire’s prehistory is full of fascinating sites spanning thousands of years, and much of it is right on our doorstep. Kenny will introduce us to an array of monumental structures, settlement sites and other archaeological finds.

The talk will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Reserve your tickets through Eventbrite by clicking the image.