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: Daily from 11am-4pm – CLOSED Wednesday
Last Entry to Dundonald Castle 3pm (Advance Booking Required)

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

FODC Updates 📬

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: Excavations at Dundonald Castle

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

Guest speaker, Adrian Cox from Historic Environment Scotland, will be giving an insight into archaeological investigations at Dundonald Castle over the last few decades.

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