Dunure is one of the most picturesque coastal villages in Southern Ayrshire. The village is built round a small fishing harbour. The spectacular ruins of Dunure Castle whose history dates back to the 1200`s or earlier dominate the landscape.

dunure harbour in south west scotland

Dunure Harbour South West Scotland

Dunure is about 6 miles south of Ayr and about the same distance north of the ever popular Culzean Castle.

The harbour is the focal point of the village. Until the 1960s Dunure had a fleet of about 30 fishing boats. Now the number of fishing boat is greatly reduced and more use is made of the harbour by leisure boats. The Dunure Inn is on the harbourside with excellent food and accommodation.

Dunure Castle

Dunure Doocot at dunure Castle

The Doocot at Dunure Castle

Dunure Castle has been a ruin for more than 300 years. It was once the main seat of the Kennedy family who are now more closely associated with Culzean Castle a few miles along the coast. In 1563, Mary Queen of Scots stayed as a guest at Dunure Castle. Another feature of the area around the castle is the Doocot a large dome-like structure which would have held 200 nesting boxes and would have supplied the castle with fresh food.

It is possible to access with care, much of the ruin. A metal staircase  has been constructed to assist visitors.

To the rear of Dunure Castle is Kennedy Park, which includes a Butterfly Garden. There is ample parking here.

Croy Bay dunure South Ayrshire

Croy Bay near Dunure

Croy Shore Beach

A couple of miles south of Dunure, then down a single track road, is a magnificent sandy beach – Croy Shore Beach. The beach is safe for swimming and popular for wind surfing. There are views of Culzean Castle from the beach and it is possible to walk along the shore to Culzean Country Park.

Electric Brae

Between Dunure and Croy Beach is the Electric Brae or Croy Brae where the road appears to descend. However, if you park in the lay-by and let off your hand brake you will start rolling “up-hill”. Best not to try this on the road itself. Great views of Arran and Ailsa Craig from the road.

Where can I get a Coffee?

Try Harbour View Coffee Shop on Dunure Harbour.

What else is nearby?

Culzean Castle – one of Scotland`s best loved castles is just 6 miles north of Dunure. as well as the castle itself which is open to the public, there large gardens, a Visitor Centre, shops and restaurants to vist.

Dunure is also just a few miles south of Ayr which is the main shopping centre in Southen Ayrshire. Ayr has extensive beaches and is famed for its connection with Robert Burns who was born in adjoining Alloway.