Royal Dundonald Castle - South Ayrshire
A 12th century tower house built by Robert II, King of Scotland.
Built in 1372 or thereabouts (opinions vary and it must have taken longer
than a year to build) it was constructed on the site of an old hill fort
going back to the Iron Age or even earlier.
Built on a hill on the edge of Dundonald a few miles south of Kilmarnock.
Over the years the castle was added to and altered but it was never
really designed as a particularly defensive location, more a comfortable
The building is occasionally used as a wedding venue.
A very far cry indeed from its early use but a romantic and popular
spot for a wedding.
An angle that shows the quarry on the flank of Dundonald Hill.
At the base of the castle hill is an information centre where castle entry
is available for the payment of a small fee.
Access is not for the unfit as it involves a path up a very steep hill,
though it has to be said that wheelchair access to at least the outside
and ground floor is perfectly possible. Good brakes are an essential,
The castle is run and maintained by volunteers and is open to the public.