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. Hours change seasonally so please check website for all up-to-date information. Make Dunnottar Castle a centerpiece of your Stonehaven vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Stonehaven travel route planning app .
Dunnottar Castle Reviews
First visit to Dunnottar Castle on a very windy Autumn day. Glad we visited quite early, as by the time we were leaving the car park was filling up quickly. Clearly a popular destination and I can ima... more »
Ruined castle in imposing situation. We walked from Stonehaven along a cliff top path in slightly misty conditions - definitely the best way to approach this imposing place. Walked around the ruins, d... more »
Great walk from centre of Stonehaven to this historical gem. Walk along the coastal path, well signposted, and take a breath before descending the steps down then up to the castle. Be careful, not for the unfit. Reasonable entry fee then explore and take in the history of the place. Return same way. Don't be tempted to do a circular route by walking due west away from the castle. This walks alongside a roadway.
You have to get there for sunrise. No questions about it it was the morning I've ever seen. The sunrise is spectacular and changes literally second by second. Now getting down to the Castle is not for the faint-hearted or out of shape. It is a massive track many stairs then up just as many stairs steeply. And that just gets you there then you need to climb all over the castle and more steps. And then remember that crazy trip you had to take to get here, well now you get to do it and reverse to go back and when you think you're finally done it's about a quarter of a mile walk back to the car park. That's the warning. That being said it is so worth. Amazing ruins, great scenery on the water, a 900 year old in the middle. We went to 11 castles in Scotland. This was probably our favorite.
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