We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dunnottar Castle

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-156-976-2173
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the...

Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,133 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 920
    Excellent
  • 183
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Breathtaking setting with amazing ruins

Dunnottar Castle was amazing to visit. It is set high on a cliff, providing a very scenic setting, that boggles one's mind into how they constructed the castle originally in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Laura W
,
Newmarket, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

1,133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Newmarket, Canada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dunnottar Castle was amazing to visit. It is set high on a cliff, providing a very scenic setting, that boggles one's mind into how they constructed the castle originally in the 17th century. Most of the castle and village is in ruins, but it is very interesting to see and imagine how they would have lived on such a remote... More 

Helpful?
Thank Laura W
Schwieberdingen, Germany
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped here during our tour round scotland. Access to the castle is about a short walk from parking down to the beach and on the other side up to the castle. But caution: Not for disabeled persons, it´s only the way over the stairs. We are lucky guys havbe absolutely fine weather and the ruins and sights to the... More 

Helpful?
Thank marcel886
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for a Eco ed teddy Nursry project, my son loved it we where there early and there was very few people it was great felt like we where there ourself. The views where breath taking. I would recommend this place.

Helpful?
Thank Dan S
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this castle and the history of it, but I find walking quite hard so the climb to it for me a killer, also no really access with a buggy, once there though the climb is worth it! The place is magical and the staff are lovely and well informed.

Helpful?
Thank Belinda W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk from Stonehaven to the castle is absolutely beautiful! The views of the ocean and the fields just made our day. We had proper Scottish weather when we were going and we loved the drizzle! The sky cleared up when coming back and we got another amazing view! Its amazing to walk inside the ruins and imagine people actually... More 

Helpful?
Thank Roohi D
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
526 reviews
283 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stop here quite regularly whilst working in Aberdeen or Shetlands. The castle is just off the main road and has a decent sized car park. There is a short walk and then you can either branch right to the headland for views of the castle or go down the steps to the beach and castle. The pictures speak for... More 

Helpful?
Thank MarcusHurley
Tulsa, Oklahoma
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I got married here a couple years back and while the walk is a bit much, it is well worth it. The staff was fantastic when we were there, and during our 3 week Scotland Visit we would rank this in the top 5 of the 50 or so Castles/Ruins we visited with its great view, placement and history.

Helpful?
Thank Dabarge
Audruicq
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of this ruined castle is outstanding; a rocky bluff high above the North Sea. Great photo opportunities! Its quite a trek getting there from the car park: a steep walk down almost to beach level and then you have to climb back up to the headland where the castle is located. It is not suitable for people with... More 

Helpful?
Thank Keane58
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most magnificently located castle.. it perches on rocky crag with a vertiginous drop down to waves crashing on rocks.. Definitely a must if you are visiting this part of Scotland.

Helpful?
Thank Moral A
scotland
Level Contributor
156 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a real walk to get there and just about worth it' really a ruin with little visitor facilities, be nice as a venue if not so unaccessable

Helpful?
Thank theepilgrim

Travelers who viewed Dunnottar Castle also viewed

Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
 
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
 

Been to Dunnottar Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Dunnottar Castle and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Dunnottar Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?