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Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.
Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
+44 1569 766320
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Note: check it's opening hours before you go; we have forgotten about that and it closed at 15:00; we missed it by 5 minutes. A lot of stairs to go down to the castle and when you come back up, for those who are immobile...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s quite hard to get here if you don’t have your own transport. We came here by bus from Aberdeen. The buses don’t go very often so check timetables before going there. Also, keep in mind, that there is quite a walk from the bus...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have already been there 3 times. I suggest taking the path from Stonehaven village through the hill to reach the castle..It's an amazing route but make sure is not windy or rainy cause will not be a nice experience. Stunning view of North sea!!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Georgia T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited on a gloomy overcast day which really added to the atmosphere of the stunning coastal ruin. I probably think it is better to visit on days like this rather than on a sunny day. We had a 5 year old in tow and it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Dunnottar Castle is a stunning attraction along the sea surrounded by steep cliffs. The walk is slightly steep, but safe and entirely worth the effort. One can envision the beauty an opulence which existed long ago. This is a beautiful, stunning, historical location. (Buy the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wrvideo
Reviewed 6 days ago

It certainly is a wow factor, you don't really appreciate it on arriving at the car park as it looks like any other castle ruins. But as you make your way down the winding path towards the castle and you begin to see the emerging...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Poolsadie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Due to an unpredicted free day in Aberden we decided to spend thus day with colleagues exploring the Dunnottar Castle ruins. Amazing view ON and FROM the Castle. From the centre of Aberdeen (stop name is St. Nicholas Kirk) we took X7 bus, three tickets...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bederoid
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful ... really impressive. It dominates the sea and shows how powerful Scotland was. There is also a wonderful walk along the coast. To be seen.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gdb57
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked to the Castle along the coastal path starting from Stonehaven harbour. Although steep in places the path is very good and has excellent views of the stunning coastline leading up to the castle. The setting of the castle is incredible with many views...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ChrisGardenWeston
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an incredible thing to see. Not to be missed. One of the most glorious castles on our tour of Scotland. I have dodgy knees and dodgy ankles, I was worried about the steps - and I wasn’t wrong. It wasn’t easy. But there is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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November 23, 2018|
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Response from I675SCtonyw |
Most of the stunning shots are taken from the cliff across from the castle, there is a free car park and a short path this stunning views along the way. The money shot for me was mid way to the cliff where you are in a... More
September 15, 2018|
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Response from Claudia S | Reviewed this property |
Sure. It will be colder but fewer tourists!
Kristi S
December 24, 2017|
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Response from MSAitken | Reviewed this property |
It has quite a few steps, you park in the car park then walk down steps to the bottom of the castle then walk up into the castle. I have asthma and frankly had to pause a couple of times both ways but it's amazing once you... More
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Tampa, Florida
transportation to Dunnottar Castle (10 Replies)
Traveling from Aberdeen by train to Stonehaven. How can I get to Dunnottar Castle?
July 17, 2013|
Response frompucktime|
You can walk into town and then along the cliff path which as I recall took about 1 hr which is very scenic for photos. One other time we went, we took a cab from the train station and had the cab come back in 2 1/2 hrs. Either way, this is a very must see castle!
Echuca, Australia
Dunnottar Castle (12 Replies)
We are on a cruise ship which docks in Aberdeen at 2am in July & departs at 2pm. What would you suggest being the quickest and best way of getting to Dunnottar Castle & then perhaps back to town to do a couple of other walking sightseeing. Are we pushing our luck to get to Dunnottar Castle??
June 09, 2018|
Response fromAuldJimmy|
Taxi would be quickest, opening time is 9AM untill 17.30. It depends on how interested you are otherwise there is lots to do in Aberdeen.
Redwood City, California
Dunnottar Castle (19 Replies)
Hello, My wife and I will be traveling by train from Edinburgh to Stonehaven to visit Dunnottar Castle and I been reading that it only takes an hour to walk from the train station to the castle. If we decide not to walk back from the castle how is public transportation back to the rail station and a pub nearby for a few pints before we head back to Edinburgh. Cheers :)
August 04, 2014|
Response fromfuertefan23|
Walking both to Dunnottar Castle then back to the station should be fine as the hour you mention would be a fairly leisurely pace. I'd say it's just over two miles each way. It's a pleasant walk in a nice part of the world. If you do want to take public transport on the way back, turn left at the main entrance to the castle and walk about 250 yards up to the main road (the A92) to a bus stop on the opposite side of the road. Take care crossing as this can be a busy road with fast moving...More