In rural Ayrshire, against a spectacular coastal backdrop, the magnificent Dundonald Castle is a monument which stands as testimony, not only to the origins of the Royal Stewart dynasty, but to the development of the nation of Scotland itself.
Having lapsed into obscurity from the 16th Century onwards, Dundonald Castle has experienced something of a renaissance, transformed from a forgotten and neglected ruin into one of Ayrshire's must see visitor attractions. Proving to be an incredibly with lcals and visitors alike.
'The Friends of Dundonald Castle' seek to promote awareness and interpret the history of the site by providing;
- guides who can conduct visitors around the castle,
- an exhibition space with highly detailed models recreating the evolution of the castle hill
- production of a new guidebook relating the castles development and history.
But it's more than a visitor attraction. With weddings, musical events and even serving as a film venue, Dundonald Castle is increasingly a living castle, contributing not only as a stopping point for visitors but also as a focus for the local community.
Visitor Centre & Museum
One of the most important development over the years was the creation of the visitor centre, which includes a cafe, souvenir shop and an interpretive exhibition. The exhibition outlines the history of the Castle and its preceding buildings with detailed models of the earlier castles on the site.
The Castle and the Visitors' Centre are open from 10am to 5pm from the 1st April through to 31st October with last entry to the Castle being 4.30pm. Group visits outside these times can be arranged by contacting the visitor centre on 01563 851489. For more information click here