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Royal Dundonald Castle - South Ayrshire

Royal Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, South Ayrshire, Scotland

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.


Royal Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, South Ayrshire, Scotland

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 Royal residence.


Royal Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, South Ayrshire, Scotland

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.


Royal Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, South Ayrshire, Scotland

An angle that shows the quarry on the flank of Dundonald Hill.


Royal Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, South Ayrshire, Scotland

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, though.


Royal Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, South Ayrshire, Scotland

The castle is run and maintained by volunteers and is open to the public.




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