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Welcome to the Education section in our site, where we seek to provide answers to Educators whether local or international.

A Link To Social Studies

Whether you are an international college traveling from abroad or a local school, Hunterston Castle offers pupils an authentic environment in which to gain more information about Scotland, its heritage and its clans. We welcome you to an out-of-the-classroom experience!

Education trip visitors

Education Trip – Friends at Hunterston Castle

Learning Through Discovery at Hunterston

Learning Through Discovery at Hunterston

Hunterston Castle is one of the oldest medieval castles still intact and still family owned. Clan Hunter is proud of its heritage spanning over 900 years, on the North-Ayrshire coast overlooking the picturesque Firth of Clyde. 

In keeping with the Scottish National Curriculum, in particular Social Studies and people of medieval Scotland, we feel that visiting Hunterston Castle will provide pupils of all ages with a tangible learning environment. 

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Hunterston is the perfect place to discover their national heritage. Under strict supervision, it is a safe place to explore the nooks and crannies of the Pele Tower and see how it was constructed, how people lived and why, eventually, such towers were no longer used.  Live education experiences such as trying on an authentic war helmet and attempting to lift the swords with which they fought off the enemy.

Hunterston Castle Re-enactment

Hunterston Castle Re-enactment

Children Learn at Hunterston Castle

Children Learn at Hunterston Castle

Learn our war cry and find out what our motto means. Dive into our 900 year-old history and discover why the Hunters left their native France to settle in Scotland. Discover, too, how Hunters made their name abroad and were amongst the pioneers of global citizenship.

You are welcome to make use of the spacious green lawns in front of the castle for your own activities or enjoy your picnic and contemplate what it would have been like to live in medieval times.

Hunterson Castle Interior

Hunterston Castle Stairs

Look around the buildings and search for the symbols of Clan Hunter or try drawing the castle. There are souvenirs in the shop to remind you of your visit.

There are sanitary amenities on site for the use of the your education group.

Hunterston Castle Interior Basement

Hunterston Castle Interior Basement

Find out more on our Hunterston Castle  page, and about the history of Clan Hunter.

To book your education trip for your school party, please get in contact.

Hunterston Castle Interior Basement

Hunterston Castle Interior Basement

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You will find us off the A78 just north of West Kilbride. Look for our driveway marked by stone pillars and "Hunterston Estate" 


Hunterston KA23 9QG
Telephone: 07980 209060
*This number is not continuously manned, so please do leave us a message. 


Acccess to Hunterston Castle is strictly by appointment. Note that as a historic monument, wheel chair access is limited. More visitor information is available on our visitors page .  Please email us to arrange a visit.