Dundonald Highland Games event with pipers dressed in kilts

Dundonald is a special place to visit. At its heart, high on Castle Hill, you’ll find the royal residence of the first Stewart kings and the grand remains of their 14th-century castle. 

Friendly, knowledgeable staff will tell you intriguing stories of the castle and its importance in many of the fascinating moments in Scottish history. There’s a small exhibition, a shop and a café where you can eat in or takeaway.   

Just beyond the castle, join the Smuggler’s Trail, famously trodden by the Loans Smugglers, or wander through ancient woodland past the site of an Iron Age Fort, or the ruins of Old Auchans House, the once grand home of the Earls of Eglinton. 

Every August, Dundonald hosts a hugely popular Highland Games, with an international pipe band competition, Highland Dancing and plenty of children’s rides and stalls.  


Explore What Dundonald has to offer…

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.

View of the castle with the Scottish flag flying in the foreground

Royal Dundonald Castle is an oft undiscovered Scottish secret. King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce, built the 14th...