Due to temporary closures during the Covid-19 situation, Dundonald Castle and Visitor Centre are not currently accessible.
However, we hope a digital 360 tour might be enough to whet appetites just now!
These images were taken as an experiment back in January 2018 by one of our volunteers.
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This is the inner courtyard of the castle. It would have been a quiet, more private part of the castle grounds, with a wall separating it from the noisy outer courtyard, where buildings such as the stables, brewhouse, etc would have been. This is now the route visitors take to enter the castle itself.
This is the view visitors have when first entering the castle, but looks can be deceiving. What we see is, in fact, two floors. The ground floor was mostly given over to cellars, with possibly another entrance on the on the opposite wall from the current door. This part of the castle was once divided into smaller sections where everything needed to run a castle was stored.
Climbing the servants’ staircase from the cellars takes visitors up to the walkway which now provides our only means of reaching the next floor. This was probably the busiest part of the castle as it was where king Robert II and his descendants entertained their guests with banquets and entertainment. This room was once alive with music and merriment! It was most probably where staff working in the castle would have taken their meals and many people, staff and visitors alike, would have slept. As is typical in this type of medieval tower house the main entrance to the castle is on this floor, allowing guests to avoid the dark and chilly cellars. The huge, barrel vaulted ceiling is testament to the skill of the builders.
At the far end of he walkway visitors find a spiral staircase leading to the upper hall. You now find yourself in what was the most magnificent room in the whole castle. This room was for the use of the king and was once filled with the finest furniture, with a huge fireplace and a stunning ceiling decorated with beautiful stone arches. From this room Robert and his son John, Earl of Carrick, later Robert III, ran the country during their time here and also likely entertained their more honoured guests in this room. Who knows what conversations took place within these four walls. If only those walls could talk!
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