First recorded in 1149, the ruins of Ardrossan Castle sit atop Ardrossan Castlehill, an elevated rocky outcrop with wide panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde. Ardrossan Castle is one of the oldest castles in Scotland, with links to William Wallace, Oliver Cromwell, and the Declaration of Arbroath. Ardrossan’s First Parish Church is located nearby on Castlehill - a large managed parkland with public walkways, viewpoints, picnic benches, and recently renovated children’s playpark.
Ardrossan Castle will be open to visitors to enjoy the Castle grounds on their own, or alongside the passionate volunteers of Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society who will be providing groups tours of Ardrossan Castle and Parish Church. Visitors will hear about the history of the castle and inhabitants, as well as the community archaeology projects conducted by the Society. Children’s activities will be available at different times during the day.
Visitors are also encouraged to visit North Ayrshire Heritage Centre in Saltcoats (Saturday 9th September) where they can meet the Society volunteers and see some of the artefacts discovered at the Castle in an exhibition celebrating 10-years of the Society’s efforts at Ardrossan Castle.
Guided tours on request throughout the day - meet at Castle gates atop the hill.
Booking not required.
Where to find us
- Castle Hill
- KA22 8HX
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