Castle Closed

We are very sorry but Dunnottar Castle is closed due to high winds inside the Castle.

Access Guide

As a Scheduled Ancient Monument, 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.

Please consult our online Access Statement for details.

Visitor Safety

Suitable footwear must be worn when visiting the Castle.

Children under the age of 16 must be supervised at all times.

Please report any safety incidents or concerns to our team.

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

Approach to the Castle

Dunnottar Castle sits on an isolated rock separated from the mainland and visitors with mobility issues should be aware that there are a large number of steps leading down and up into the Castle which may prove challenging (in excess of 200). Unfortunately the strong defensive positioning of the Castle also means that wheelchair access is not possible.

From the car park, the Castle is reached by walking approx. 300m along an earth path to the headland, there are then over 200 concrete steps from the cliff top to the entrance kiosk which is located within the Castle.

There are designated Disabled Parking bays provided in the car park. The pathways from the car park down to the headland are relatively flat so the Castle can be viewed by those who are unable to make the journey to the Castle.

In order to improve access, vehicles may be permitted access to travel down to the turning circle, 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. Out with this period, please contact us by email to make arrangements.

Within the Castle

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.

Our classic Dunecht Estates benches are placed throughout the Castle to allow visitors to pause and rest while they explore the historic ruins.


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.

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We are pleased to advise that the Castle is open to the public, with some Covid-19 protocols remaining in place for the safety of both visitors and our team.

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

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