Hunterston Castle is an exquisitely preserved 13th century Pele Tower or keep. Built originally to deflect Viking invasion from the south and west, it still retains many of its original features. More accommodation was added to the Pele Tower in the 16th century. It is a grade A listed building.
Sitting in 400 acres of land, with beautiful views over the firth of Clyde, the visitor is treated to a unique experience as the interior of the castle has altered little over time. Reach out and touch the medieval walls of fortification and try on the helmets of battles won and lost. Discover the secret of keeping the family safe within the tower.
Originally from France the Hunters came over in the 11th century with the Norman invasion. They were experts in their field and kept royal hunting grounds for the monarch. King David I of Scotland granted them lands and they were appointed the title of Royal Huntsman. This hereditary title has been passed down through the generations for over nine hundred years. Confirmation of their loyalty to the monarchy can be seen in the Royal Charter from King Robert II in 1374 which is displayed in the castle, and which establishes their ownership of lands ‘for services rendered’ to the king.
The Hunters fought nobly in the battles of Flodden 1513 and Pinkie 1547.
Hunterston House, which is a private residence and lies to the north of the castle, was one of the locations for the film Outlander.
The castle has been lovingly maintained by the Hunter family who are keen to see its future secure for many generations to come. Though privately owned, Hunterston Castle welcomes visitors. To book a tour visit the website: https://www.clanhunterscotland.com.