We are sorry but we are closed today due to high winds inside the Castle. Online tickets purchased will be refunded. 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.

Please consult our online Access Statement for details.

Approach to the Castle

Due to its isolated position, there are a large number of steps (in excess of 200) 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.

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 along to the headland are 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, 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.

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.

Visitor Safety

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.

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

Please report any safety incidents or concerns to our team.

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.


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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