Dundonald Castle


Visitor Centre, Winehouse Yett, Dundonald, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA2 9HD

    Built in 1371, Dundonald Castle is a splendid example of a medieval tower house, with a fine barrel-vaulted ceiling in the lower hall.

    Sitting on a prominent hilltop in Dundonald village, Dundonald Castle commands fine views over the Firth of Clyde. The castle was built on the site of earlier castles belonging to the High Stewards of Scotland and can be regarded as the cradle of the Stewart Dynasty. 

    Explore the high-vaulted halls and gloomy dungeons of this splendid stronghold, perched on a hill above the village. The main tower was built in the 1370s by King Robert II to mark his succession to the throne. Its heritage is explored in the visitor centre. The castle visitor's centre includes an exhibition illustrating the history of the site and a display of some of the artefacts found during archaeological excavations on the hill. There is also a souvenir shop and a small cafeteria. 

    There are scenic walks through the woods on the hillside to the west of the village within the vicinity of the castle. Guided tours for group parties can be arranged provided prior notice is given.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/hsclosure. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    2016 Summer Opening Daily 10 - 5
    30 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    Open April - Oct Daily 10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Coffee Shop offering a range of confectionary items. Customer seating and tables are available outside the visitor centre under the canopy
    • Shop Gift shop offering a wide range of souvenirs, toys, books and tourist guides


    • Toilets Customer toilets available

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities Woodland path network adjacent to the centre. Part of the "Smugglers Trail" and the "Ayrshire Coastal Path"

    Payment Methods

    • Cash most internationally recognised cards acceptable
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • On Public Transport Route Stagecoach buses from Ayr, Troon, Kilmarnock, Prestwick and Irvine (nos 10, 21 & 24) all stop nearby.
    • Public Parking Nearby Public car park adjacent the centre with designated disabled and coach areas


    • Children Welcome Special childrens' events organised throughout the season.
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area Public park with skateboarding and child play areas


    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access Castle hill access limited by steep pathway. Visitor centre has full access.
    • Picnic Area Seating in adjacent playpark


    • Village Location Two minutes walk to village shops and facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome by arrangement
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Groups Welcome by prior arrangement
    • School Groups Welcome welcome by arrangement

    Road Directions

    From Glasgow and central Scotland,  follow the M77 all the way to Kilmarnock and pick up the tourist board signs. With the M77 Dundonald is around thirty minutes from the Glasgow city centre.


    Public Transport Directions

    By air and sea:

    From  the airport or the ferry terminal drive towards Irvine (A78) and follow the tourist signs for Dundonald Castle.

    By bus:
    Stagecoach buses from Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Irvine, and Kilmarnock, (nos 24, 10, & 21) all stop nearby.


    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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