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.
“Top of the list when in Stonehaven”Took the long walk (1 hour or so) to the castle from Stonehaven town centre, parts were steep and unsteady, a good pair of trainers will do. The walk alone was simply amazing! Met a few other people and a few cows on the way. When we got closer to the Castle is was fairly busy (for a weekday) and the steps down and back up to the Castle entrance were jammed at times. The actual castle and its greens were beautiful and have been kept well. The castle has plenty places to explore and justifies the cost of the entrance fee. If you get a chance, head down to a nearby alcove with a stony beach - we managed to walk further along (without getting our feet wet) and have lunch in the sun.
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“Just stunning”WOW. Views from this castle are amazing. Wanted to visit here ever since seeing the wallpaper on win 7. Its quite a few steps to get down and a few to get to the castle but its worth it. The Scottish crown jewels were hidden here from Cromwell. Lots of history info inside the castle.
Visited September 2017
“A must see!”
Absolutely beautiful. Everyone is extremely friendly in Stonehaven and it's a lovely town. We walked through it from the train station and then followed signs to the path along the cliffs to the castle. I can't imagine not taking the path to get there; it's something that you really should do if you're able. When we went it happened to be overcast and rainy. Everyone said who lived around there said it's something you have to see in the sunlight too but I really thought it was perfect with the overcast rainy weather as well!
“A Great Family Day Out”
What a lovely day out for the family. It took us roughly an hour and a half to drive to the castle from our holiday home, but it was well worth it. The directions were clear and on-site parking was well manged. Even better the sun was out ... fabulous! My eldest son is a keen photographer and my younger son is a VERY keen outdoors boy. This attraction did not disappoint. I would say here that all of our legs certainly felt it ... so be prepared to walk, walk, walk. Top tip - make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes and grab a little bottle of water to sip as you walk. After walking to the beach, around the castle and tackling the climb back to the car park, we were very ready for a cuppa from the fast food van. Brilliant positioning ... and very popular. I would highly recommend this for a family day out.