On the hillside above (Dunure) stands the ruins of the unfinished castle of Dunduff, a local illustration of that searching question of our Lord’s – “Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient funds to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.”

Rev. R. Lawson, “Places of Interest about Maybole”,

Published J.& R. Parlane, 1891

Dunduffe still exists in its unfinished state. It has been designed, apparently, to form an oblong square tower of considerable magnitude. The walls are as high as the second story, which seems to have been intended for the dining room. The windows are large, and the apartment has, even in its unfinished and ruinous state, a light and pleasant appearance. The site of the castle, on the range of hills not far from Dunure, commands a beautiful prospect.

James Paterson, “History of the Counties of Ayr and Wigton, Volume II – Carrick”, Published James Stillie, Edinburgh, 1894.

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