Hunterston Castle


...after visiting Scotland, seeing numerous old ruins, I'm grateful our castle stands undamaged.
William James Hunter, Michigan, USA


...of my houses...I think Hunterston Castle is, perhaps, the homeliest of them all.
Wendy Hunter, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Built in the 13th Century.

Over 900 years in the same family.

The oldest surviving, intact, liveable castle in North Ayrshire.
Welcome to Hunterston Castle

Hunterston Castle is one of North Ayrshire's most beautiful castles and is a hidden gem within the industrial metropolis.
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With its original features and unique furnishings, all set in 40 acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages.

Built in 1263 it is one of the very few castles in Scotland that still belongs to the original family. The castle is the smallest of the West Kilbride castles and is about 24 feet long by 21 feet wide and 34 feet to the ramparts, but it has been greatly extended throughout the years.

Hunterston Castle is part of the wider Estate that comprises of 300 acres of land which is outrightly owned by the Hunter family, although over 2000 acres are farmed through leasing from owners like EDF Energy who own the Hunterston B Power Station and Clydeport who own the Deep Sea Port.

The castle comprises of 3 floors in the new tower and 2 floors in the new extension. Over the years there has been many alterations, however the original tower has not changed since it was built.

This website is dedicated specifically to the actual castle itself and not the associated newer buildings added over the more recent years.