Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

Perched atop steep cliffs that plunge 50 m (160 ft) down to the North Sea, Dunnottar Castle is what's left of the strategically located home of one of Scotland's noble families. The ruins spread across a 3.5 acre (1.4 hectare) plot on the cliff’s edge. One of the largest buildings is the tower house, which stood 15 m (49 ft) when at its full height. It had a great hall and upstairs bedrooms for the castle's lord. Wear good walking shoes to the site because the parking lot is located at the base of an 800 m (2,600 ft) footpath that leads up to the castle. Make Dunnottar Castle a centerpiece of your Stonehaven vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Stonehaven travel route planning app .
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  • What a lovely day out for the family. It took us roughly an hour and a half to drive to the castle from our holiday home, but it was well worth it. The directions were clear and on-site parking was we...  more »
  • We have visited the impressive ruins in a wonderful evening mood. Plenty of parking spaces and a beautiful walk.
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  • Loved the location of the Castle (ruin). The sound of seagulls. The walk around the site above the cliffs between wheat fields and pastures of cows is indescribable.
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  • Situated at a 2 hour walk or a 5 minute drive from the city centre of Stonehaven, Dunnottar is a lovely castle situated on a hill with great views. The more scenic route to the castle passes by the war memorial, fields of grain with cattle and lovely little golfs with rocky shores made by the water in the landscape. The castle can be reached after a long row of steps and they also take you down to the nearby beach. The castle is affordable and lovely for a ruin. There was 1 tower standing, a few rooms and a well inside, many walls and lovely sights of the rocky shore from the castle windows. There are a few benches inside as well. Outside the castle, you can walk towards the right side by passing on a bridge over a stream. This brings you to see the right side of the castle and the beach on that side. On a summery bright day, the water is incredibly blue and the scenery is just beautiful with green pastures and yellow fields. Definitely worth a walk up to the castle.
  • This is a must go place if you come to Aberdeen or nearby! The view is stunning! .. you can either choose to see the castle inside which is great but if you don't have much time the view from outside will leave you so happy! Highly recommend!
  • An incredible castle! Maybe the best castle I have ever been to! Has to be seen to be believed. Magical location. Very friendly staff.
  • A great walk with a dog but best to keep them on a lead as the cliffs are quite steep. Watch out for the electric fences too. You can't go into the castle with your furry friend but don't let that put you off as the views at the top are amazing. One of the best dog walks in Stonehaven!
  • Lovely castle set in fantastic scenery with a nice stone beach area. Access is via a dirt track path then steep steps down which on the left go to the beach area then on the right steps going up to the castle entrance . Car parking was set back off the road with space at the front for motorhomes and coaches. There are also public toilets in the car park and also in the castle grounds

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