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Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
+44 1569 762173
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Outstanding castle in ruins.

This is possibly one of the best examples of "castle in ruins" in the North East of Scotland... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Inverurie, United Kingdom
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A must see when in Aberdeen

Was informed by our hotel concierge to visit the castle. Since our 2 weeks trip in Scotland, we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
+44 1569 762173
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is possibly one of the best examples of "castle in ruins" in the North East of Scotland. Although it can be slightly difficult to access and very difficult for disabled, it is truly outstanding. I took American visitors to see this and they were...More

Thank Martinmc1967
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was informed by our hotel concierge to visit the castle. Since our 2 weeks trip in Scotland, we thought we had seen too many castles and decided to give it a go..one more castle..why not? Oh boy, it was worth going. From the moment we...More

Thank Zuee75
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

1 hours walk up/down hilly footpath, along the coast from Stonehaven harbour and fantastic views . £7 to enter, with toilets onsite. And the walk paths have been made safer and access to 2 rocky beaches.

Thank ianmilne69
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of my must do whilst on a recent holiday. The lovely walk down is pleasant, not so on return tho, but the views of the castle are amazing. Lots of information boards around and lovely views. The castle also allows dogs so a bonus...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lots of interesting history and very atmospheric to visit. A bit of a walk and a climb to get there, but well worth it.

Thank TDYorks
Reviewed 5 days ago

The location of Dunnottar Castle is outstanding - it's on a rocky hill right on the edge of the North Sea. You can immediately see why filmmakers have used this location numerous times. The ruins are extensive with information panels throughout to give you the...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you don't ever visit another ruined castle, go and experience this one. It has everything, history, scenery, mystery, myths and secrets. However, as has been said here many times, it takes a bit of determination to visit because of the steep, strenuous climbs and...More

Thank Strandedquine
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You have to see this. Please note that this location is not wheel chair accesible and you need to be in relativily good shape to see this but I would urge y'all to go and see it. Soo beautiful and stunning. Even the walk back...More

Thank Marlies E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely amongst the most stunning castles I've ever seen. Lots of ruins and rooms to wander through; lots of great photo opportunities. The best part is its location, right at the edge of a huge cliff with a sandy beach beside it, and rocks and...More

Thank Dana K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dunnottar Castle is worth going out of the way for. The setting - on a headland looking over the sea - is stunning. Be forewarned, it is a bit hilly. The castle ruins were cool with plenty of signs explaining their history. I didn't see...More

Thank Leo K
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AnaVeronica C
Hello! I'll be staying in Stirling in July and would like to make it out to Dunottar Castle. I'm thinking of renting car and driving out there as it seems taking a train will take about 2 hrs there and 2 hrs back. Is this recommended? I am a little nervous about renting car as I am afraid of damage or theft but it seems I'll have more time to visit. How long do you recommend to visit castle in its entirety? Thank you!
26 April 2017|
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Response from Jim_Wands312 | Property representative |
Dear AnaVeronica, The drive from Stirling to the Castle should take around an hour and a half so would be quicker than the train. The car park here is staffed so you needn't have any worries about theft and the standard of... More
John D
My partner and I will be passing through that area and wanted to go up and see the castle from the outside but don't have time to tour around inside. I have seen from other peoples questions and answers that you can walk around outside the castle for free, I was wondering if you can do this after hours? Walk around in the surrounding area and cross the bridge tot he cliffs and this sort of thing?
7 April 2017|
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Response from Daviddifs | Reviewed this property |
Yes it was closed when we went and we could walk around the nearby cliffs to get some amazing pics. Really worth it.