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Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

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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. Use our Stonehaven tour planner to add Dunnottar Castle and other attractions to your Stonehaven vacation plans.
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  • Easy to find by car. A lot of wind led unfortunately to the guided tour was not possible. We got a good deal from the rocks around and the visit was worth it despite. Stunning views and a special landscape shaped right by the sea!
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  • Coming from the US of A, this was one of the main sites on our "must see" list. We were so very fortunate to have arrived mid-morning, when the weather was perfect, blue sky, gorgeous scenery in every...  more »
  • A castle on the cliff with views and unique atmospheres. Small parking and far away, a moving point of refreshment adjacent to the car park and then a long walk, dotted with countless steps to visit the ruins. Entry fee, average price, experience that has a poor historical or cultural value, but really fun and interesting.
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  • Fantastic castle, lots of great features and views. Mostly in ruins but in good enough shape to appreciate it, the beauty, and is great history. Well worth while. Get there early, we arrived as it opened as t 10 am. As we were leaving the castle, it closed due to high winds. We weren't rushed out. But on our exit, we passed lots of disappointed visitors waiting to get in.
  • Absolutely gorgeous. Right on the edge of the coast with beautiful scenery. It can get a bit cold and windy since it's right on the ocean but it's worth it. Beware that the short hike to the castle from the parking lot includes a fair amount of stairs up and down that can get slippery. Best escort young children and those with walking issues. Once you get up to the castle you can explore the different buildings and learn about their history. Not crazy busy like the other main castles and affordable to visit.
  • Stunning views and a great place to explore. Very little is out of bounds. Dog friendly :)
  • Hands down the most incredible castle experience EVER. It's like nothing we've ever experienced before. It also played a pivotal role in the Scottish history; you'll learn more about that when you visit. Highly recommend you purchase the book as well. In so many words: the experience touched our souls and the views are breathtaking.
  • Beautiful ruins that you can explore throughout. The breathtaking views of the sea and the castle ruins perched on the head are stunning.