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Dunnottar Castle

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Address: Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
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Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the...

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

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If you have know the weather is to be clear and you are able, go at sunrise. Absolutely breathtaking and no other tourists around.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Chino, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove and confirmed that it's open but after a long drive and walk, it was closed! The sight is amazing though.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We phoned and received confirmation that the castle was open as we were taking an Australian friend to visit one of Aberdeenshire's prime attractions. We were surprised to arrive an hour later and find the castle was closed, ostensibly because the weather was too windy, There was a light breeze, fairly normal for the Scottish seaside, and we commiserated with... More 

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Thank Peter D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have know the weather is to be clear and you are able, go at sunrise. Absolutely breathtaking and no other tourists around.

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Canterbury
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is a lot of history to be found at Dunnottar -from Covenanters to Scotland's Crown Jewels. The castle sits in a beautiful location, surrounded by crashing waves and and the cries of birds. It is pretty tricky for anyone with mobility issues - I broke an ankle a couple of months back and was a little wary of the... More 

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Aberdeen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have walked from Stonehaven Harbour to Dunnottar castle a number of times and never fail to be amazed at the views over the North Sea from that path. In Summer you may be lucky to hear the sound of the bagpipes too. It is a wonderful experience to visit such an iconic ruin.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Set on the cliff side this castle is absolutely stunning. I visited outside of opening hours as this is the only time drone photography is allowed, but I was still in awe of this castle

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place and well kept and clean. Maybe a bit more of history apart from some signs and the guide book could be helpful but it ia not a big deal not to have it.

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Thank Jacobo G
Aberdeen
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went quite late in the afternoon and it is wise to check opening times, especially in Winter. It is well signposted and there is an ample car park, with food and drink available from a small caravan concession. good quality. the walk to the castle provides stunning views of the coast, north and south, as well as the castle... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very cool old castle/ruins in quite a beautiful seaside picturesque setting. My teens found it quite boring. Definite stop if you are in to history, castles, and cool.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As breathtaking ruined castles go, Dunnottar is as good as it gets. The carpark has a food concession selling good quality Scottish snacks and is a few minutes walk from the castle along an uneven path which may be difficult for the less abled so wear sturdy shoes. For reasons originally chosen for defence purposes, the path to the castle... More 

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