Dunnottar Castle

Located just south of Stonehaven and managed by Historic Scotland, this is one of Scotland’s most evocative castles. The ruins of this cliff-top fortress are perched on a rocky promontory with cliffs soaring down to the North Sea, with fantastic views. You can wander round the extensive remains, which once hosted many famous figures of Scottish history, and during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, a small garrison held out against dictator Oliver Cromwell’s army to protect the Scottish crown jewels (Cromwell had already destroyed the English crown jewels). The most scenic way to get to Dunnottar is the mile-long walking trail from the harbour at Stonehaven. The hike is a narrow path through fields and along the cliffs that provides stunning views the entire way. Or if you prefer, there is a small car park and path up to the castle.

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  • Direction: Car: From Aberdeen, take A90 and then A92 after Stonehaven and follow direction signs. Or follow walking trail from Stonehaven Harbour
  • Open Hours: April-Oct 9am-6pm daily, rest of year, open daily 10am-5pm or sunset if earlier
  • Checkin: no info
  • Checkout: no info
  • Price: Adult £5, child £2


  • Address: Stonehaven, AB39 2TL
  • Phone Number: +44 1569 762173
  • FAX: no info
  • URL: http://www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk/
  • Email: dunnottarcastle@btconnect.com

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