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Dramatic new interpretations unveiled at Dundonald Castle

06 August 2012

Dramatic new interpretations unveiled at Dundonald Castle

Historic Scotland has revealed details of a new series of interpretations which help to reveal the history of Dundonald Castle.

A new series of interpretations which present the long and fascinating history of Dundonald Castle has been unveiled by Historic Scotland. The illustrations, which reconstruct life in the castle in centuries gone by, have been produced after months of consultation with historians and archaeologists.

Specialists within and outside the agency contributed their expertise to the project and consultation was held with local community group, the Friends of Dundonald Castle, who run the visitor centre and offer guided tours of the Castle.

Fiona Fleming, Interpretation Officer at Historic Scotland, said: 'The new panels offer a surprising amount of detail. Artist Stephen Conlin has created a stunning series of illustrations, showing an aerial overview of the Castle, and scenes depicting domestic life in the tower house.

'Dundonald was remodelled by King Robert the Second, probably to mark his coronation in 1371. The Castle was a favourite retreat of the monarch, who reserved the luxurious top storey of the tower house for his close friends and family.

'Interpretation lies at the heart of Historic Scotland's mission to present our built heritage effectively and imaginatively to visitors. The stories unique to each site bring these special places to life, and the research that has gone into the new panels gives an added dimension to one of the nation's most important and cherished historic attractions.'

Details: Dundonald Castle, Winehouse Yett, Dundonald, Kilmarnock KA2 9HD; tel: 01563 851489. For further details, visit the Dundonald Castle website.

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