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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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Dunnottar (pronounced Dough Not Ter) is a castle located along the eastern coast near Stonehaven. It was sacked by William Wallace in the late 13th century. A visitor really needs to block off at least 2 hours to walk to, through, and back from this castle. I will also tell you that if you have issues with your hips or... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

If you are working on a Scotland 'must see' list then be sure to add Dunnottar Castle. I'm ashamed to admit that I've been living in the Aberdeen area for a number of years now and I've never found the time to visit this landmark. You can either walk to the castle which is just over a mile from Stonehaven... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I believe it is the only castle in Scotland not taken by the English, which is hardly surprising because is very much protected by the terrain. Fantastic views. Lots of steps down and, of course, up again, so not suitable if one is unfit.

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22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Had visited Dunnottar Castle 33 years ago when I was 10 and still remembered it vividly. Seeing it for the 2nd time with my own kids I know why. This place is magnificent. Be prepared for a lot of stairs but the views are stunning. Be aware it is not easy to find (or at least it was not for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

the castle was in a very romantic landscape and next to the castle there was a great walk that conduce to the harbour

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Scotland
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103 reviews 103 reviews
38 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Although largely a ruin, this castle is well worth a visit. Spectacular setting, and a really interesting variety of buildings. Nice walk from Stonehaven but only if you are reasonably fit.

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Moffat, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A great day out - not suitable for wheelchairs due to steep climbs. Well worth the effort though - fantastic scenery and history.

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Ballater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Impossible to describe the true beauty of the landmark. A charged camera and walking shoes are a must. Set high above, yet surrounded by, the North Sea, this is an absolute MUST see.

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Kirkland, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was probably our favorite castle in Scotland, despite the pouring rain. In real estate, they say,"Location, location, location." No doubt this was the most scenic locale of all we saw. The castle sits on a bluff with about a 270 degree view of the North Sea, and sees rocks and seabirds, as well. Grasses wave, flowers dot the spacious... More

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went with family on a Sunday afternoon. We came into Stonehaven on the train and walked to the castle. It was a very pretty and pleasant walk but also pretty tiring - very hilly! I don't know how long it took us to walk up to the castle, but we were completely exhausted by the time we got there.... More

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