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“Stands above”
Review of Dundonald Castle

Dundonald Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Dundonald
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 July 2014

This Castle is proud on a hill above the Visitor Centre where gifts etc can be purchased and ample parking is available The Staff are very dedicated to their Attraction. Visually the Castle is stunning and has views even to the Paps of Jura. You can clamber to the higher floor or descend to the cellars where Cave Spiders live. A Friend of the Castle was in the building and had a great knowledge of the building and gave an interesting account of it's History. A very striking and interesting building in a great location

Thank Kandersteg
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"steep climb"
in 14 reviews
"historic scotland"
in 10 reviews
"tour guide"
in 10 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 19 reviews
"exhibition area"
in 4 reviews
in 10 reviews
"visitor centre cafe"
in 3 reviews
"coffee shop"
in 9 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 3 reviews
"scottish history"
in 6 reviews
"an excellent guide"
in 2 reviews
"iron age"
in 2 reviews
"lovely village"
in 2 reviews
"main hall"
in 3 reviews
"a small car park"
in 2 reviews
"quick visit"
in 4 reviews
"quick look"
in 3 reviews

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Started by a very nice coffee and cake in the cafe, Toilets were clean with nice hand wash and hand lotion. we went just for something to day on a nice day and were not disappointed, staff are very friendly and if like us your teenage daughter was rather reluctant, it is ideal for a quick visit without boring her. Plan to do the smugglers trail next time, not expensive with great views, steep path up though

1  Thank Marion E
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Spent about an hour and a half here today. This was a perfect amount of time to have a look around the inside and outside of the castle. Although didn't explore the dungeon due to the spiders!!!!!
The staff are so friendly and infomative. If you enjoy castle ruins you'll enjoy Dundonald!

1  Thank KirstyF7062
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Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

Part of the explorer pass which was very handy! The whole staff was very welcoming, kind and informative! The whole back history of the castle is interesting and the view is worth the stop :) great chats with the girls about Scotland! Thanks!

1  Thank NMEastman
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We visited the ruins to pass an hour and we were glad we did. We were given a in depth history of the castle and the occupants from the past by the lady manager and shown around the ruins. It is sad that the building was left to decay for so long before it was saved. However it is still very interesting and well worth a visit. When you come back down the visitor centre offers a coffee and cake at a very reasonable price. There is also a selection of gifts. As others have said it is a steep climb but for us it was well worth the effort.

Thank Navaid
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