The Castle will be closed during the morning of 17th July for essential maintenance activity, we hope to be open by the afternoon. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Access Guide

Dunnottar Castle was built with a strong defensive position and sits on an isolated rock separated from the mainland. As a result, we face limitations for customers with mobility issues.

We hope that the following information will give you an understanding of the access that is available so you can plan your visit accordingly.

Approach to the Castle

There are designated Disabled Parking bays provided in the car park.

From the car park, the cliff top is reached by walking approx. 300m along an earth path.

The path is relatively flat so the Castle can be viewed by those who are unable to make the journey to the Castle.

Vehicles may be permitted access to travel down to the turning circle located at the end of the path, which is the closest point to the clifftop to view the Castle. This can be arranged with the coach park attendants from 1st April to mid-September.

Due to its isolated position, there are a large number of steps leading down and back up into the Castle which may prove challenging.

Unfortunately, the positioning of the Castle also means that wheelchair access is not possible.

There are no lifts or ramps available outside or inside the Castle.

The main entrance to the Castle is accessed from the cliff top via 180 concrete steps of even construction followed by approx. 40m of earth path and then 38 uneven steps up to the entrance door which remains open during opening hours.

Within the Castle

From the main entrance there are 17 uneven steps leading from the entrance door to the ticket kiosk. A number of these are inlaid with pebbles which can be slippery when wet.

We have a complimentary ticket policy for personal assistants.

From the ticket kiosk to the interior area of the Castle there are 48 steps of uneven construction.

Within the Castle grounds and ruins there is a mixture of cobble stones, earth and grass under foot. It is generally uneven and there are numerous steps and ground of varying levels.

Some parts of the grounds and ruins have low lighting.

Benches are placed throughout the Castle to allow visitors to pause and rest while they explore the historic ruins.

The toilet facility inside the Castle has 3 cubicles, 2 for women and 1 for men, all are standard sized cubicles.

Visitor Safety

Please report any safety incidents or concerns to our team.

The Castle has numerous areas of uneven ground and therefore suitably robust footwear should be worn when visiting - for example, smooth soled shoes, high heels and flip flops are not suitable.

Visitors must stay with the boundaries designated by fencing and rough grass and obey all warning signs.

Visitors must not climb on the buildings.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.

We have first aid kits and defibrillators on site and our team are first aid trained.

Alcohol consumption is not permitted inside the Castle.

For the comfort of all visitors, smoking is not permitted inside the Castle - this includes e-cigarettes of any type.

Visitors observed to be acting in an unsafe manner will be asked to leave the Castle - refunds will not be issued.


We are unable to store luggage, prams, pushchairs or other personal items for visitors.


We have fencing and safety precautions where practically possible but please ensure all children are closely supervised at all times.


Dogs are welcome at the Castle as long as they are kept on a short lead at all times. There are some steep drops from the cliffs and we wouldn’t want to lose any dogs over the side! Please note that there are no bins in the Castle so please pick up and remove any waste your pet may leave and dispose of it in the bins at the car park.

"Dunnottar can only be described as stunning. The location, the experience and the castle itself all bombard the senses"

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