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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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  • Dunnottar Castle is worth going out of the way for. The setting - on a headland looking over the sea - is stunning. Be forewarned, it is a bit hilly. The castle ruins were cool with plenty of signs ex...  more »
  • This place is amazing. It transports you back to another time and place...it will also make your thighs hurt the next day- but its well worth the many steps up and down to see the views. It is extraor...  more »
  • I am a massive scaredy-cat. I'll just get that our there. My reviews are littered with stories of me freezing still on staircases and having severe vertigo because of heights. But, my partner was so k...  more »
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  • It's alright. Impressive the first time round (the fact that they built at that location, not the building itself). If the ticket was valid for a year (like many other national castles), or cheaper for locals, I'd take plenty of my visitors, but I can't be bothered if I have to pay the entrance fee 2, 3, 4 times a year... It's just not that interesting or worth it. And I know there is a yearly pass, but it's well pricier than the normal ticket. Definitely not worth it. Once you've seen it, you've seen it. There's nothing in it to return for. It's all but ruins. Make it cheap for people that are going to bring you more business and you'll make more money. You wouldn't believe how many locals I've heard say that they haven't been there for 20 years!
  • Easy day trip. A short walk from Stonehaven, but there is also a car park very close if you have that option. I've been a few times and have enjoyed looking around each time. Amazing views of the cliffs and castle can be found on a clear day.
  • Always wanted to visit the castle shown on my debit card and wasn't disappointed. The location is stunning and the ruins remarkable. Combine it with a visit to the RSPB reserve a short way down the coast for a great day out.
  • Love this place, looks amazing no matter the season. Full of history and such a great day out.... Visit people!
  • Absolutely amazing views heading to and while in the castle. I love that it is left untouched so you are able to imagine what it really would have looked like. I will visit again when I return.