'Antiquities of Scotland' Index
DUNURE CASTLE is a fine old building, most
romantickly situated on the brink of a perpendicular rocky cliff, in
some parts overhanging the sea; beneath it is a cavern, called the
Browney's Cave, now nearly filled up with rubbish fallen from the rock
and building: it is said to have formerly communicated with the
castle, and probably served as a sally-port, or secret communication
with the sea; as in Dunbar and Turnbury castle. NOTHING.can succeed
the sublimity of the prospect from this castle, whence at one coup
d'oeil is seen the conical rock of Lamlash and over it the craggy
mountains of the Isle of Arran, frequently hiding their heads in the
clouds; from hence also may be seen the rock of Ailsa, the coast of
Kentire, on both sides of Arran, the coast of Ireland, the islands of
Bute and Camreas, and a great part of the bay of Ayr.
By whom, or at what time this castle was built, I have not been able
to learn; from its strength and Situation it must formerly have been
of consequence as a fortress.
DUNURE CASTLE was an ancient residence of a principal branch of the
Kennedy family, who were thence called Kennedy's of Dunure, and
generally esteemed the head of that name; the Cassilis family is
descended from it, and were proprietors of this estate till the
beginning of the present century, when it was sold to the grandfather
of the present proprietor, also a descendant from the Kennedys of
Dunure. It seems a matter of doubt, whether this castle has been
inhabited since the reign of King James VI.
DUNURE CASTLE. PLATE II.
THE former view was taken from an eminence above the castle. This was
drawn from the rocks on the shore beneath it, and shows the West side
of the keep, and its adjacent building. BOTH views were taken A. D.