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Imposing Dundonald Castle was built by Robert II in the 1370s to mark his succession to the throne of Scotland. It stands on the site of at least two earlier castles, in an elevated position that lends itself to defensive fortification.
The location – sited on a hilltop with views over the surrounding countryside and towards the Firth of Clyde.
The armorials on the west face – proudly displaying the Stewart and Scottish Royal Arms.
The lower hall – dark and haunting; one can easily imagine it crammed with people watching a bear-baiting contest.
The visitor centre – run by the Friends of Dundonald and providing valuable insights into the castle’s distinguished history.