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: Wednesday-Monday from 11am-4pm – CLOSED Tuesday
Last Entry to Dundonald Castle 330pm (Advance Booking Required)

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

FODC Updates 📬

Latest Reviews:

      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


      A staycation this year, noseying around in Ayrshire. The Visitor Centre has recently reopened after Covid restrictions. Although the castle is still closed to visitors (scheduled to reopen in... read more


      We walked to Dundonald Castle from Troon along the Smugglers trail (see other review) and we had a brilliant afternoon.
    We had lunch at the visitors centre, small but perfectly... read more

    Stewart J

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Ayrshire Young Archaeology Club

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