War and romance, smuggling and heroism, tales of the supernatural and more – Royal Dundonald Castle is one of Scotland’s most unexplored and fascinating treasures.

Home to Scots King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce; it’s where the formidable Stewart dynasty was born. The 14th century Castle, its ancient hilltop and surrounding woodland hold their secrets and those of the powerful Cochrane family, favourites of King Charles I.

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.

Dundonald Castle’s legacy is just beginning. It’s a vibrant ‘living’ monument and holds a special place in the heart of its village. The busy Visitor Centre and welcoming café are the focal point for the famous Dundonald Highland Games and a unique place for local residents and their children to make memories for years to come.

Opening Hours: April-October from 930am-530pm / November-March from 10am-4pm

Open Every Day

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

FODC Updates 📬

    As you may already be aware, Dundonald Castle and the Visitor Centre have been closed until further notice in line with Historic Environment Scotland and the Government's policies. For more … Read more
  • Covid-19 Update
    The Friends of Dundonald Castle have decided to temporarily close Dundonald Castle and the Visitor Centre due to the current situation and advice from the government and Historic Environment Scotland. … Read more

Latest Reviews:

      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

      Worth a detour from Glasgow or Alloway, this striking castle overlooks a pretty village. The local guide was very informative and the little tea room is a charming village... read more


      Dundonald Castle was the last place I'd visited during my little trip around Scotland on that cloudy and cold morning. I get there by local bus from Kilmarnock. The place... read more

    Rafal W

      Was unexpectedly pleased with visit as there was more to see than first reaction on seeing castle. It had quite a walk uphill to get tot top but the view... read more


Upcoming Events

Our Community Groups and Clubs

Ayrshire Young Archaeology Club

  • Our latest Ayrshire Young Archaeologist Club (Ayrshire YAC) session focussed on the Romans in Scotland. We learned about what the Romans left behind and were impressed by how many things today were originally used by the Romans. Some of these things include straight roads, central heating and baths. Our young archaeologists took part in a… […]

FODC Education Programme

  • Typically, education visits to the castle can be made up of a variety of activities, which vary greatly depending on the age of visitors and the topic we’re focusing on – but nothing seems to impact our plans more than the weather.  Over the winter months, we’ll continue on taking bookings as usual, the major […]