Castles in Ayrshire
C15 tower near Irvine. Long ruined and now standing as single town. Can be walked to from road.
Bardrochat is a substantial country house standing high on a hill overlooking
the Ayrshire village of Colmonell, not far from Ballantrae. The house
commands impressive views of rolling hills, wooded copses and the sudden
inclines of ancient settlements, giving way to the open sea around the stubborn symmetry of Ailsa Craig.
Standing on rocky outcrop in highly defensible position, there is much history associated with the place that is probably inaccurate
Well preserved stronghold of the Boyd Family who were given these lands by the Bruce. The castle contains a 14thC keep and latrer 15thC palace block as well as later 17thC additions. The surrounding country park is open daily as well and makes day out with kids. The musical instrument collection is outstanding.
One of the major castles for the Kennedy's of Carrick who ruled so much of this part of Scotland. Now ruined, but safe to explore and part of Kennedy Park in Dunure on the coast. Well worth a visit if you are driving the coast road.
Strikingly located 16th century tower house beside the beach which looks over the coastline. Owned by the Kennedy family. Now ruined but worth visiting along with Greenan Beach.
Fifteenth century tower that was a gift to a royal princess and is now available as rental property. Near West Kilbride.
Ruinous castle beside the A77 to the west of Maybole. Rumour has it that it is for sale and has planning permission. You get a splendid view from the road.
Clonbeith Castle located 3 miles NE of Kilwinning, on minor road south of the B778, north of the Lugton Water. The remains of Clonbeith castle are surrounded by the buildings of a working dairy farm.
Previously unfinished tower house that is well documented that was completely restored/completed in 1990s and is now private house.
Located one mile SE of Kilwinning in the Eglinton Country Park. Built in 1796 by John Paterson for Hugh Montgomerie, the 12th Earl of Eglinton. Large Gothic mansion, replacing 17th century castle.
Once ruinous 16th century castle which was restored in C19th and is now a preivate residence still. Can be seen from the road and approached on foot.
Supposedly a haunted castle (see below). Knockdolian Castle was a Graham castle before becoming a McCubbins stronghold. It is now a ruin.
Ayrshire & Arran has many impressive castles that range from spectacular stately mansions to historic ruins and edifices.
From Dundonald Castle to Rowallan Castle and Culzean Castle, Ayrshire castles remain testomonies of hundreds of years of political change and legacy.