Portencross Castle

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SatNav: KA23 9QA
Lat: 53.800651 Long: -4.064941
OS Grid Ref: NS 17538 48921 Portencross Castle Map

Opening hours 2017

Every day from 1st - 17th April. Weekends and holiday Mondays until 25th June. Daily from 1st July until 3rd September then weekends (also Monday 18th September). Final opening day 24th September.

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Welcome to Portencross Castle

Portencross Castle is situated overlooking the Firth of Clyde near West Kilbride in Ayrshire. It is a scheduled ancient monument, a recognition of its national importance.

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2017 Opening Times

PLEASE NOTE: The Castle is now closed for the winter except for special events and hires.

Opening times are 11.00am – 4.00pm with last entry at 3.45pm. Admission is free but donations and fund raising help considerably in keeping the castle open, so all donations by visitors are gratefully accepted!

From Saturday 1st July, the castle will be open daily until and including 3rd September. For the rest of September, the castle will open at weekends and on Monday 25th September which will be the last public opening day. Apologies for the previous error in September dates.

On occasion, the castle will close for private events. Details of such closures will appear on the News and Events page. You can also see Forthcoming Events for details.

It is possible to arrange access to the castle outwith the normal operating season. Anyone interested in a private visit, group visit or other event should contact Ann on 01294 823799. Click this link to get in touch with us.

Thanks to all those who have taken the time to visit us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Say what you thought of your visit on TripAdvisor Tripadvisor image.

About this website

This website has been set up by the Friends of Portencross Castle. Our aim is to build up a collection of words, images and other media to form an informative and educational online resource containing the history of Portencross Castle, both past and present.

You can help us to build this resource. We are looking for anything in connection with Portencross Castle. Perhaps you have a photograph or a poem, maybe an old postcard or a clip of film. If so, we'd love to see it! If you have, post it on Facebook Facebook link or click this link to get in touch.

Sounds and pictures

You can see some pictures of Portencross Castle and surrounding area by clicking here. You can also watch an excerpt from the Restoration programme.Seaside centaury picture by Kerry

The area has inspired photographers and artists over the years. John Mason of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra composed The Flower of Portencross. You can hear it played on guitar by 'Kev'.

You can also view poems and pictures by children and parents at West Kilbride Primary School.

You can see an aerial fly-over of the castle and its surrounds in this atmospheric video.

Portencross has been inhabited for thousands of years. An archaeological dig found evidence of an Iron Age settlement on Auldhill, just behind Portencross Castle. The Iron Age lasted from around 800 BC to 100 BC.

Portencross Castle was constructed in three phases starting around 1360. It was the home of a branch of the Boyds.

Photograph showing Portencross Castle undergoing conservation

Portencross Castle underwent major building conservation works during 2009 and 2010 all thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the local community of Portencross and through generous donations from various organisations and the public.
Read about how it all happened.

The lands around Portencross were given to the Boyds of Kilmarnock by King Robert I as a reward for their help at the Battle of Bannockburn. A number of Royal Charters were signed at the castle and it had close links with King Robert II during that period.

After the 1600s, it was occupied by local fishermen. The roof was destroyed in a gale in January 1739. By the 20th century, the Adams of Auchenames owned the castle. It became a scheduled ancient monument in 1955.