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Rowallan Castle

Set in rolling Ayrshire parkland, Rowallan Castle is a hidden gem.

Rowallan Castle

Set in rolling Ayrshire parkland, Rowallan Castle is a hidden gem. The castle is an extraordinary Renaissance house and within it is the evidence of its development from the 13th century to the 18th century.

It was the home of an important Ayrshire family, the Muirs, who counted writers, historians, composers and builders amongst their number. Indeed, the earliest Lute music to survive in Scotland was written at Rowallan and can once again be heard in its original setting.


Rowallan Tours

The continued interest in Rowallan Castle has prompted us to arrange a series of visits during the 2014 visitor season.  The interior of the castle is not “complete” and historic elements are sensitive, therefore access is currently by pre-booked guided tour.  

Tour Dates

  • Sunday 6th April 2014
  • Sunday 18th May 2014
  • Sunday 22nd June 2014
  • Sunday 27th July 2014
  • Sunday 17th August 2014
  • Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September (free of charge for Doors Open Weekend)
The visit will start at St Joseph Academy (Grassyards Rd, Kilmarnock) for a safety briefing.  A short journey by bus to the gatehouse of the estate, where you will then walk up the driveway to the castle. The walk takes around 10mins. The ground is level but we would recommend stout shoes. The site is accessible for children, however the nature of the tour makes it more suitable for those over 10yrs old. The tour will last approx 1½ hours from leaving the assembly point to return by bus.

Tour Times
Twice daily on each tour date - 10.30am and 1.30pm

£4.50 for adults, £3.60 for concessions (visitors over 60 and the unemployed) and £2.70 for children (under 5’s free). Members of Historic Scotland go free.

Spaces are limited and tours must be pre-booked in advance by calling 0131 550 7612. Opening is strictly by prior arrangement.


Region – Glasgow, Clyde and Ayrshire
Postcode: KA3 6JJ

Opening arrangements

April-Sept,, access by pre-booked tour

Admission prices

Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60

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Durer's Fame

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