About The Village

We have a song (seriously?) which tells the directions better (take it away Tony)

Five miles fae Kilmarnock,
Five miles fae Troon,
Five miles fae Irvine
And every other toon.
They’re diggin’ up the quarry,
Must be five miles doon.
Naw, there’s never been a village
Like Dundonald!

Author Well Known, just a bit modest

History? Besides the castle, Dundonald was a small village until the 1950’s when Glasgow was rebuilt after the World War II. Now perfectly situated for a buzzing commuter village it is exploding in size. Going back to just before the shipping industry when Troon (Gaelic for ‘nose’, see the map) was built up as a harbour town, the boundaries of Dundonald Parish extended to include Troon and as far north as the River Irvine. Even today, through an oversight when the Parish was split into counties, the Lady Isle remains under the lands of Dundonald.

During the shipping industry, Dundonald was a hive for smugglers and a common trail can be walked showing the paths outlaws tried to avoid the Exciseman over the wooded hills, we call The Glen, between Dundonald and the shore.

About the Castle

There is a castle in the west,
Its name is Donald Din,
There’s no a nail in a’ its roof,
Or yet a widden pin.

Ancient Scottish Rhyme, Author Unknown

Dundonald, a fast growing Ayrshire village with many historic roots.

Many centuries and many uses.  As far back as imagination can reach, this volcanic plug has been inhabited and fought over.  Oldest archeological evidence envisions an encircling wooden fence upon the hill, enclosing small wooden dwellings BC.

Since pre-history and throughout the middle ages, at least three stone castles were built upon the hill, defensive decor goes with the times.  The Visitor Centre exhibits four large glass-encased models of what the castles are thought to have looked like.

A great view – on clearer days you can see much further than the Isle of Arran, chilling to imagine Vikings passing the Ayrshire coast, and by night a wondrous hidden Ayrshire treasure to behold lit up!

In its present form, Dundonald Castle was built for Robert Stewart, probably on his accession to the throne as King Robert II (known as King Bob) in 1371.

The enormous Keep stands to this day and it has recently been restored slightly so it is safe to tour for visitors, the broken walls and medieval engraved details are left largely untouched but for time.  The spiral staircase leads to an upper hall where past kings of Scotland feasted on the deer that still roam the surrounding area.