Visit Dunnottar Castle for an unforgettable experience. A dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting.
As you wander around the extensive buildings - from the keep through the barracks, lodgings, stables and storehouses to the less-ruinous chapel and drawing room - you will discover the importance of Dunnottar, an impregnable Castle that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.
William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II, all graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction. Crown, sceptre and sword now take pride of place in Edinburgh Castle.
A darker chapter in the history of Dunnottar is that of the ‘Whig’s Vault’. The gruesome story of the imprisonment in 1685 of a group of Covenanters who refused to acknowledge the King’s supremacy in spiritual matters.
Opening Hours 2014/2015
TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER - CASTLE CLOSED DUE TO GALE FORCE WINDS
We will be open at the slightly later time of 11am on Thursday 23rd October to allow for the scaffolding in Benholm's to be dismantled safely.
1st October 2014 to 31st March 2015 - 10am to 5pm (last entry is 4.30pm)
Weather dependant so please call first.
Closed 25th & 26th December and 1st and 2nd January.
1st April to 30th September 2015 - 9am to 6pm