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Dundonald Castle

The words ‘historic’ and ‘castle’ go together like fish and chips. Still, there’s no disputing the rich history that’s woven into the very foundations of Dundonald Castle. You can sense it as you gaze up at the brooding building, posited on a hill overlooking the village of Dundonald. The castle may have succumbed to the elements, having faded from its 15th century pomp, but it remains a captivating sight to behold. Following centuries of neglect, Dundonald Castle was given the kiss of life. Extensive renovation has seen it transformed into a visitor centre that’s now one of the most popular attractions in Ayrshire. There’s a lot to look at and a lot to learn during your tour of the castle, but it’s not just a monument to the past. Throughout the year, Dundonald hosts weddings, concerts and is occasionally even used for filming. Since its inception in the 14th century, the castle has endured turbulent times. It was here that Robert II died in 1390. Today the Great Hall is missing its roof, but the spectacle is no less impressive. After touring the semi-ruined castle, agile visitors can ascend the 30-metre path that winds its way to the top of the hill. Your reward for making it to the summit?

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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 hub. Brisk and breezy on our visit, we enjoyed the setting as much as the castle building itself. Wrap up warm in cold weather, so that you can make the most of your visit. National Trust card accepted.

- Rachel P - 20-02-2020

Nice, picturesque, we went to a Highland games here. Lots of excitement and activities to do and see.

- Dave McMillan - 20-03-2017

If you want to go into the castle, make sure you go into the visitor centre first as that is where the tickets are sold, easy to miss if you park at the wrong end of the car park! Loverly staff work here though, plus a coffee shop.

- Piers Lawson Brown - 08-09-2016