View of Dunure Harbour with fishing boat.
Dunure Harbour © Scott Cameron Wanstall

Picture-perfect Dunure is a must-see destination on the Ayrshire tourist trail. Clamber around the rocks beside an ancient castle that clings to a cliff overlooking a pretty harbour, enjoy the Dunure Labyrinth, or just relax with photo opportunities everywhere.  

Dunure Castle was the original home of the Kennedys of Carrick, who ruled over much of South West Scotland. Its story is steeped in medieval history, from gory tales of intrigue, torture and daring escape, to royal visits from Mary Queen of Scots.  

At the harbour, you can enjoy something to eat, or an ice cream as you soak up the sunshine. Fish, enjoy a dip in the sea, or just appreciate the unique atmosphere that inspired the crew of TV’s Outlander to transform Dunure into one of their most notable locations.

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Beaches and Coastal Areas

With one of the most memorable stretches of coastline in the UK (all 45 miles) it should come as no surprise that we’re blessed with some of the country’s best beaches.

Dunure has a lovely little harbour, overlooked by a historic ruined castle, which clings to the cliff above. The village...

Castles and Towers

South Ayrshire is home to magnificent castles and historic buildings which attract visitors from far and wide. Not only is Ayrshire famous for Robert Burns, we also boast connections with some of Scotland’s most influential historical figures such as Robert the Bruce.

Castle perched on the clifftop

Dunure Castle sits perched on a cliff above the pretty fishing village of Dunure. In 1357, it was claimed by the Kennedys of...