Craufurdland Castle, Kilmarnock

Welcome to Craufurdland Castle, Kilmarnock.  Home to the Craufurds of Craufurdland since 1245.

Craufurdland is a ‘semi-detached castle’, with the current Laird (Simon), his wife Adity, and their two daughters, Indra and Manisha living in The Laird’s House side, leaving the other side (The Tower House) available for self catering accommodation for up to 16 people.

If you stay at the castle, then estate is yours to play in during your stay for walks, cycling, mountain biking and more. You are invited to try the trout fishery at Craufurdland Lochan, where we also have The Laird’s Table restaurant.

The lands of Ardoch were given to the 2nd son of Sir Reginald De Craufurd, the first Sheriff of Ayr in 1245.

It was then renamed Craufurdland and this is where the Craufurds of Craufurdland have been since.  “The Keep” was built, we believe, in the 1300s and then the stone spiral staircase added at a later date. The stone spiral staircase is on the upper floors and is used to access the Knights room and the Garret at the top of the tower.


Exclusive Use Vacation Rental/ Self-Catering Accommodation only 20 mins from Glasgow

Craufurdland Castle is one of the oldest in Scotland.  Ithas belonged to the Craufurds of Craufurdland for nearly 800 years. Set in 600 acres of stunning Ayrshire countryside, 20 minutes from Glasgow City Centre, surrounded by woodlands. The Castle’s exclusive use accommodation sleeps 12 people in the  6 double bedrooms, with 4 additional sofa-beds in 3 of the bedrooms allowing for 16 guests if required. 5 of the bedrooms can be twin and are  all unique and beautiful. The Georgian Drawing room is stunning with spectacular views, and steeped in history.

We sincerely hope you will have a fabulous stay, and that you will find everything you need in the house. We (Simon and Adity Houison Craufurd, and our two daughters, Indra and Manisha) live next door in the Laird’s House as Craufurdland is a ‘semi-detached castle’.


Boasting six bedrooms (4 are ensuite) within the castle.

Public Rooms

Entrance Hall

The classic Norman Barrel vault room, which is the ground floor of the 14th Century Tower House or Keep. The entrance doorway and window in the hall were both formed in the 1980’s when the house was split into the two houses. The door at far end, now takes you to the lobby of the kitchen and dining room.

Utility Room

Housed in a smaller vault, the utility has a small WC at the end, with sink. This also contains your washing machine, and a supply of good seasoned logs for the fire in the Drawing Room, with lots of pegs you can dry any coats and waterproofs, that’s if it rains.


Architecturally, few kitchens can boast more unusual windows. The Tower House kitchen will remind those old enough of TV’s ‘Playschool’, with its arched, round and rectangular windows.  We hope you will find everything you need in the kitchen including all your herbs and spices!  We have tried to make the castle a home from home, and as such kitted out the kitchen hopefully with all the tools of a cook’s kitchen.  If you can’t find anything you need please ask, we’re just next door.

We can help you get some wonderful local produce, including handmade pies plus a vast selection of home-made food all of which can be delivered, or why not visit the local farm-shops, you’re sure to buy more than you expected, but won’t be disappointed.

Dining Room

Please don’t let my ancestors put you off your food, they’re good sorts really. The table will take up to 16 and with that many voices and laughs, how can you not enjoy the food, drink and merriment.

Stairs and Landing

The grand stairs were the main staircase for the Castle.  At the bottom of the stairs is our “snug” there are Giant bean bags, books and a games table with foos-ball, mini-pool, air hockey etc. The King James Room is half way up the stairs.

Drawing Room

This beautiful Georgian Drawing room with exquisite cornicing and 10 foot high windows looks over Craufurdland Water below. The large marble fireplace keeps things nice and cosy. This room has ample space and seating for everyone in the house to gather. The large fire place will keep you warm, whilst yet more ancestors on the walls keep an eye on proceedings. By all accounts they enjoyed the house too, so will watch with envy. A TV, DVD Surround Sound, Radio/CD with I-pod dock are all in this room.


A Taste of our Best Accredited Restaurant

Breakfast – Lunch – High Tea/ Early Dinner – Dinner – Coffee/Tea – Home-baking – Sunday Roasts – Early Bird.

Licenced and open everyday.

Where else can you enjoy the tranquility of a private loch, from the warmth of a modern Scottish restaurant?  In The Laird’s Table, our new casual dining restaurant, you can sample the finest, locally sourced, fresh homemade impeccable food with an uninterrupted view over Ayrshire countryside.

Everyone is welcome – couples, families, young children, fussy eaters and muddy adventurers.  Our regularly changing menu reflects the best of the season’s produce, designed into delicious, original dishes by our Head Chef Gareth Furey and his team.  As well as our carefully curated wine list, you can choose to pair your meal with a local beer, whisky or gin from our Laird’s Selection.

The children’s menu has been developed to offer good quality food that kids will love, and parents will be happy to order.   Our Canine friends are welcome and can dine in the outside area or in The Gillie Room with their owners as they enjoy a well-deserved refreshment.

As we use fresh locally sourced seasonal produce, Our A La Carte Menu changes regularly.


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Telephone:  01560 600760

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Our Address:

Kilmarnock. KA3 6BS