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Following the Scottish Government's announcement that restrictions are expected to relax, some of our staffed sites are set to reopen on Friday 30 April. Tickets available soon.




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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