This dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress was the home of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in Scotland. Steeped in history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise, a history lover’s dream and an iconic tourist destination for visitors the world over. Visit Dunnottar Castle for your own unforgettable experience and discover the importance of Dunnottar – an impregnable fortress that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.
“An amazing place”Spent the morning here and was so worth the walk up to the castle, excellent value for money. The views are stunning and the staff very helpful. If you like your history along with castles this place is a must.
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“Best castle in Scotland”This is a classic castle. Overlooking the sea outside Stonehaven. From a distance it looks like a complete ruin but there is much to see and it's an extensive site. Be prepared to climb steps!
Visited July 2016
An incredible site to see when you walk the path from the car park to the castle. A superb setting surveying land & sea. Car park is free, with toilets and a snack cabin with picnic benches outside. Even if you don't enter the castle, simply coming to the site & exploring the beach and walking the coastline will make you smile. As it is, £7.00 entry is well worth it. Plenty to see and explore. The views itself from the castle walls justify the cost on its own. Don't miss the place where they kept a lion on the rock. Overall well worth the visit.
"Really beautiful view"
“As Spectacular as I thought”
We were visiting a friend in Stonehaven & walked from the harbour along the cliffs & enjoyed the spectacular views before talking the winding path down to the entrance. The castle grounds are well kept , clean & tidy as are all the various buildings . There is a lot to see with all the different parts to the castle , we took hours to explore . It's wasn't an issue for us but there is no cafe or gift shop so I would recommend taking something to drink with you , there are toilets though . I would highly recommend
My son found a picture of this castle on his laptop's Windows wallpaper options and has been in love with it for ages so we thought we'd visit. So surreal to see it in real life - and every bit as beautiful as the picture. It's a fair old walk down steps to the castle, not so bad going down but pretty tough going back up. Worth the effort though. The grounds are very well looked after and the castle parts are well labelled with great info boards along the way. The view is stunning (the weather was good for our visit). Young children are given crayons and a quiz to do as they go round. It was fascinating learning all about the Scottish crown jewels and how they were hidden. The cherry on the cake was the young lad playing the bagpipes at the entrance which really added to the ambience as the sound carried on the wind all around the castle. It was haunting! Bearing in mind we were staying in Loch Awe and Stonehaven was over 4hrs drive away I would definitely recommend a visit as we thought it was worth the trip.