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 📬

  • Reopening Update
    Our team have been working hard behind the scenes to make the reopening of the visitor centre as safe as possible for all of our amazing customers! Here are a […]
  • Reopening the Visitor Centre
    We are so excited to announce that we will be opening our Visitor Centre for takeaways on Thursday 2nd July! Read on for more details: – Opening Times: Thu-Sun 11am-3pm […]

Latest Reviews:

      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

      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

Check out our latest news:

Ayrshire Young Archaeology Club

  • It’s has taken a while to get round to writing this blog piece but we cannot wait to tell you about what we did back in February! Our Young Archaeologists had a great session exploring facial reconstruction. We learned all about reconstruction can help us to tell a person’s story and we got to put… […]

FODC Education Programme

  • As we all continue to be in some phase of lock-down, we’re working harder than ever to bring you digital content. We have continued our #MedievalMonday series, which is now coming out on a fortnightly basis, and on the off weeks we’ve started bringing out a series of Spooky Tours, which cover the paranormal happenings […]