Dunninald has a history of at least a thousand years. The name is derived from the gaelic, dun a castle and ard, a high place. A second house was built about 1590, to replace the old tower. This was some four hundred yards inland and was at the foot of the present-day beech avenue, next to the walled garden.

By 1811 the second house was some 230 years old and the new owner, Peter Arkley, commissioned James Gillespie Graham to built a new house. This was designed by the architect James Gillespie Graham in the gothic revival style, building started in 1819 and the house was completed in 1824.

Guided tours of the castle explain the history of the house, the collections of furniture, paintings and displays of fine needlework photographs and memorabilia, examples of fine plasterwork and trompe l'oeil can also be seen. Tours take approximately 40 minutes and start on the hour and half hour.



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Founded: 1819-1824
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Nick Tonge (2 months ago)
Lovely relaxing wall garden and grounds.
John Smith (4 months ago)
A hidden gem. Delightful woodland walks and walled gardens. Amazing bluebell woods, lots of rhododendrons, promise of lots of summer colour to come. Check website for opening times. £5 entrance but on Gardener's World 2 for 1 deal so remember your card..!
Andrew Forbes (8 months ago)
Took a walk with the dog and after seeing the castle online thought it would be a nice little walk. As I arrived there were no signs or information to say private grounds, took a walk to the castle and was confronted by an uptight woman, enraged that we would look at the castle as its "their home". She said the grounds will be open in summer and we can come back and pay then to have a look... I wouldn't waste your money, horrible person and there's nicer places to go like House of Dun nearby.
phyllis mcbay (19 months ago)
Beautiful place lovely gardens lovely walks
phyllis mcbay (19 months ago)
Beautiful place lovely gardens lovely walks
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