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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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The Castle will open on Tuesday 4th April 2017. Our contractors will be finishing off on the first few days. We apologise in advance for any minor inconvenience this may cause. Please do enjoy your visit.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Opening Times
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!
The castle will open every day from Saturday 1st April until and including Monday 17th April. After this date, it will open on weekends and holiday Mondays (1st and 29th May) until Sunday 25th Great hall paintingJune.
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 18th September. The last public opening day will be Sunday 24th September.
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.
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 or click this link to get in touch.
Sounds and pictures
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.