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Dundonald Castle

Winehouse Yett, Dundonald KA2 9HD, Scotland
+44 1563 851489
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Interesting place to visit, friendly volunteers, nice cafe, good food, need a certain level of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
joyceecraig
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Great attraction for both adults and children. My grand-daughters loved getting dressed up in the outfits provided.

Great place to spend an hour or two. My grand-daughters loved getting dressed up in the costumes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John M
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Built in 1371, Dundonald Castle is a splendid example of a medieval tower house, with a fine barrel-vaulted ceiling in the lower hall. Sitting on a prominent hilltop in Dundonald village, Dundonald Castle commands fine views over the Firth of Clyde. The castle was built on the site of earlier castles belonging to the High Stewards of Scotland and can be regarded as the cradle of the Stewart Dynasty. Explore the high-vaulted halls and gloomy dungeons of this splendid stronghold, perched on a hill above the village. The main tower was built in the 1370s by King Robert II to mark his succession to the throne. Its heritage is explored in the visitor centre. The castle visitor's centre includes an exhibition illustrating the history of the site and a display of some of the artefacts found during archaeological excavations on the hill. There is also a souvenir shop and a small cafeteria.
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Winehouse Yett, Dundonald KA2 9HD, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Interesting place to visit, friendly volunteers, nice cafe, good food, need a certain level of fitness as slope to castle is quite steep

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to spend an hour or two. My grand-daughters loved getting dressed up in the costumes provided to visit the castle. It's quite a steep climb up to the castle, but well worth the effort just to see the interior stonework, especially the ceiling....More

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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi John, thank you for your lovely review! We're glad you had such a great visit and enjoyed our costumers (which are mostly all handmade by one of our fantastic volunteers). We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Lauren.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's quite a climb up to the front of the castle and the scaffolding for the current repair work was a little off-putting but when we got in and saw the lower hall it was amazing but we struggled to see how they could get...More

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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Norman, thank you for your great review! We're glad you had such a nice visit and hope that you'll visit us again soon! Kind regards, Lauren.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Built by King Robert II (Robert the Bruce's grandson) this castle is steeped in Scottish history. We were met at the entrance by Yvonne who offered a guided tour. Knowledgeable and passionate, she took us to each level of the castle giving us lots of...More

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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Maureen, thank you for your great review! We're glad you had such a lovely visit and that you rate us as one of your favourite castles! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Lauren.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We visited on a Sunday afternoon on our way back from Ayr and having been to a disappointing garden centre, their loss was Dundonald's gain as we enjoyed some lovely tea & coffee and cakes having done the castle. It might not be the biggest...More

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Lauren W, Media Coordinator at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Dear Colin, Thank you so much for your lovely review, which I shall pass on to the team. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Kirsteen Croll (Manager)

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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent place to visit great views. Surprised the shop has staff from Canada disappeared they were not locals or from Scotland.More

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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Hi Sharon, thank you for your review. We are very lucky here at Friends of Dundonald Castle to have a huge variety of people from around the world who have come to work and volunteer for us, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

A fine Scottish castle, positioned on a hill providing terrific views of the surrounding are. The day we visited, we could see miles and miles! There were a couple of very knowledgable guides including one who’d brought along an owl and a falcon. Look for...More

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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Hi David, thank you for your great review! We're glad you had such a good visit, especially on a day where the view has been so good. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Lauren.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

We visited Dundonald Castle for the first time in our lives and were fascinated by the history and background. The seep clim uop the the Castle, whilst still steep, is much easier thanks to a modern and well surfaced path. Although now a ruin, which...More

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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Hi William, thank you so much for your lovely review! We're glad you had such a great visit. We hope to see you again in the future and I will pass on your lovely comments to our staff and volunteers. Kind regards, Lauren.

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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Steep walk to the castle but a good path so for people like me with mobility issues, it's doable slowly. Our volunteer guide was very helpful and informative and we enjoyed hearing the history of the place. There is a vertical ladder to the dungeon...More

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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Hi Jomatthews, thank you for your great review! We're glad you had a great visit and that our new path has helped made this possible! We hope you will come and visit us again. Kind Regards, Lauren.

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

It was a snap decision to take a look while out for a drive, it was good weather but hazy which meant when we got to the top the view wasn't quite as good as it could have been. It is quite a walk up...More

Thank Colin M
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Lauren W, Public Relations Manager at Dundonald Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Hi Colin, thanks for your kind review. We're sorry the weather wasn't so good for your visit, the views can be truly amazing on a clear day. As for the access, we have many visitors who do use the path with push chairs and electric...More

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LindaBgood
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Response from FionaAnneM | Reviewed this property |
Yeah there aren't many options nearby. Possibly check out in Ayr? I managed to get vegan ice cream from there the other day, the ice cream shop right in the town centre, Renaldo's.
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LindaBgood
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Response from JWellingtonWimpy | Reviewed this property |
There are no vegan restaurants nearby or in the local area. There's Chef's World Buffet in the village so it might be worth checking if they offer any vegan options although I've been there and as a vegetarian there were... More
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