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Dunnottar Castle

The Lodge, Dunottar, Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
44-156-976-2173
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Stonehaven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Description: Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

It is a brilliant location. Great view of the castle. The Castle grounds are well kept, but there is not a lot to see besides the few signs with some explanation. Nevertheless, it is not a museum, it is a castle. The site it self is very beautiful on the coast. The climb to the castle is not difficult, but... More

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Dunnottar is stunning. The position is breathtaking and the history awe inspiring - that is if you knew about it. Given that you have to pay to get in, there should surely be more signage telling you about the history of the place and the buildings. Please make more out of this important monument.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Travelled 3 hours off course just to visit the castle and I've got to say it was worth it. I would say however the castle is better appreciated from a distance, I paid the £6 to go in and there is very little to see, half of it was shutoff to the public, very little info, no toilets etc (just... More

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Dallas, Texas
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104 reviews 104 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Take the bus to the castle, they leave every hour from the main bus station next to the train station.The ride only takes about 40 minutes and the driver will let you know where to get off. Its a 15 minute walk to the entrance and then come the steps to the castle. This 73 year old didn't find it... More

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Scotland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for an atmospheric scottish castle this is one of the best. You need a good pair of boots on and possibly a walking stick but it is well worth a visit. We were lucky enough to visit on a lovely Sunday and there was a man in full highland outfit piping away it just added to... More

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Midlands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Steep hills, lots of steps both p and down, so not suitable for everyone. Beautiful views from inside and outside the castle. You do need to buy the guide to get the most out of the history behind the ruin, but if you are in the area it is worth an hour or so. If the weather is nice, a... More

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Whether or not you walk to the Castle from Stonehaven or drive to the car park this is a worthwhile visit for anyone and especially on a sunny day or at sunset. Some great views, interesting coastline and if you are a geologist there is something here for you as well.... Also good if you can see the castle from... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I couldn't believe my wife wanted to go there but it was truly outstanding. Spectacular setting and views and all the wind and rain we needed to bring the fascinating history of the place to life. Don't miss this one!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Beautiful!! What a view and what an awesome ruines. We visited 6 castles during our stay, but Dunnottar was one of our favorites. Even though it's a ruine, there is still lots to see and it leaves enough for your own imagination!

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Ottawa, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a great spot to visit. The view is amazing and they've maintained the history of the castle by not doing many renovations on it. There were a few sections blocked off for renos but it really was a nice few hours spent. It is a good hike up and down the hill to the castle, but it is... More

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