Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, AB39 2TL
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To help support our commitment to Green Tourism, we would highly recommend use of public transport or a walk from the nearby town of Stonehaven. The car park at Dunnottar is small for the number of people visiting us each year so please share cars and transport wherever possible.
Dogs are welcome at the Castle as long as they are kept on a 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 take away any little “presents” your dog may leave for disposal in the bins at the car park.
Visitors with mobility issues should be aware that there are a large number of stairs leading down and up into the Castle which may prove challenging. Unfortunately the strong defensive positioning of the Castle also means that wheelchair access is not possible.
Please consult our online Access Statement for details.
Download our free app to enhance you experience of the Castle while you visit and for driving and walking directions on your phone: –
We highly recommend walking or cycling to the Castle from the nearby town of Stonehaven as the route is picturesque, interesting and good for your health!
If walking from the parking area at the harbour, follow Shorehead to Wallace Wynd, on the right hand side just past the harbour front pubs and then turn left onto Castle Street.
Follow the path uphill and turn left at the top and then continue on the road and path past the War Memorial. From the Memorial you will get tantalising glimpses of the Castle as you walk along the cliff tops, and around 15 minutes later will arrive at the Castle itself.
The map below shows the walking route(s).
We recommend that you wear sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing. Scottish weather can be unpredictable!
If cycling, the easiest (and safest) route is to follow the Bervie Braes road as shown on the map below; there is a wide pavement to allow pedestrians and cyclists to utilise it but please be considerate of all users!
Please note that the road itself operates as a single lane one-way system in the downhill direction between April and October so do not use the road itself.
There are a limited number of cycle parking/locking points available beside the car park.
Dunnottar Castle is located just off the main A92, Stonehaven/Montrose road, less than two miles south of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.
The car park at Dunnottar Castle is small for the number of people visiting us each year so please share cars and transport wherever possible.
Electric car charging points are available in the Market Square in Stonehaven.
Aberdeen Airport is the closest airport to Stonehaven; 23 miles or 40 minutes by car. Or you can get a train from Dyce direct to Stonehaven. Here’s a link to full information about the airport: www.aberdeen-airport-guide.co.uk
Bus Tours to Dunnottar Castle
There are companies that offer guided visits to Dunnottar Castle as part of a day or multi-day excursion package.
Links and contact details can be found below (please contact companies directly): –
https://www.rabbies.com/en/scotland-tours/from-aberdeen/dunnottar-castle-royal-deeside-1-day-tour or call +44 (0) 131 226 3133
Lochnagar Fishing and Wilderness Guide
https://www.lochnagar.net/index.php/7 or call 013397 49126
https://www.rabbies.com/en/scotland-tours/from-edinburgh/2-4-day-tours/scottish-castle-experience-4-day-tour or call +44 (0) 131 226 3133
International Student Tours