Craignethan Castle



Craignethan Castle is currently closed for conservation works.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.


The level tarmac car park has no accessible spaces marked.

Visitors with mobility difficulties can be dropped off at the castle gate by arrangement – please call 01555 860 364.

Approach to site

The castle is about 85m from the car park along a steeply sloping tarmac path and a further 25m over level bound gravel.

Visitor centre

The shop has a single step at the doorway.


The outer and inner courtyard:

  • are on the level
  • have short cut grass and pavement

The ditch caponier:

  • is down a narrow (70cm wide) spiral staircase of 31 steps
  • has a sloping and rough floor

Cellars, basements and the tower house upper levels are reached via various straight and spiral staircases of up to 38 steps.

Light levels can be very low in many parts of the castle in winter.


Nearest adapted toilet is about 2.5 miles away at:

Shawlands Park Hotel
Ayr Road


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Craignethan Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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Opening times

The castle is currently closed for conservation works.

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