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.
Share
Review Highlights
Pure magic

The setting of this castle is incredible to start with. Add in blustery winds and then snow and it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
BL_adventure
,
Austin, Texas
My favorite of MANY castles

I looked at the steps going down, down, down, knowing I would have to come back up them, debating... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RetiredTraveler649
,
Tallahassee
Read all 2,696 reviews
3,143
All photos (3,143)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“the cliff”(128 reviews)
“car park”(152 reviews)
“steep steps”(32 reviews)
About
Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.
Contact
Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
Website
+44 1569 766320
Call
Reviews (2,696)
Filter reviews
1,709 results
Traveler rating
1,366
293
39
10
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
1,366
293
39
10
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews the cliff car park steep steps stunning location drawing room views are amazing war memorial coastal path guide book walking shoes mobility issues worth the effort take your time william wallace worth the climb sunny day per adult
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,709 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

The setting of this castle is incredible to start with. Add in blustery winds and then snow and it was breathtaking. It's quite the trek down a million stairs (and then back up when you're done), but it is well worth it. This is one...More

Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed 1 week ago

I looked at the steps going down, down, down, knowing I would have to come back up them, debating, and said heck I'll just stop a lot on the way back up. It was well worth it. What an incredible ruin, and history. And the...More

Thank RetiredTraveler649
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very interesting walk round this castle steeped in Scottish history. It rained most of day but the rainbows and views were still beautiful Not a walk down or up the steep stairs if you have walking difficulties.

Thank ScotlandGlee
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing Castle and landscape! Worth the trip, you won't be disappointed. Couple things to note, dress warm, there is parking but it is a little small lot, there is a lot of stairs to climb and walking. Need to have good to very mobility

Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One must make time to visit Dunnottar Castle if you're anywhere near Stonehaven. It is an amazing castle, with an extraordinary history, in a unique and outstanding setting. We visited with our daughter and her young boys. Parked the car and walked about a kilometre...More

Thank Derek P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Do not miss this castle it is amazing!!! We were there for sunset and the views were amazing. Not much stayed from the past but the ruins with sea view are just breathtaking!

Thank Veronika B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very awesome cool scenic place! Highly recommend visiting, if you can walk the steps. Also worth walking along the free path to see the castle at a different angle.

Thank Escape183763
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dunnottar Castle is perfectly located on a rock, just off the eastern coast of Scotland, south of the town of Stonehaven. The outstanding view - the ruined castle with the ocean background - is a photographer's dream. It is worth visiting just for that perfect...More

Thank Alonh1000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an amazing views around the castle. To get to the castle you need to go down the steps (and then up afterwards). There is a nice wee path going around, where you can have a look of surroundings. There is many different buildings where...More

Thank SannaKe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place to visit. Our last attempt to go here we couldn't even open the door of the car to get out due to severe winds and rain. This time a glorious sunny day - Yippee! A great place to visit with beautiful scenery and...More

Thank Bee2review
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
The Ship Inn
587 reviews
1.64 km away
Premier Inn Aberdeen South (Portlethen) Hotel
429 reviews
13.67 km away
Maryculter House
523 reviews
16.41 km away
Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa
1,159 reviews
17.89 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 43 nearby restaurants
Cool Gourmet
153 reviews
1.74 km away
the villa
236 reviews
1.82 km away
The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant
553 reviews
1.65 km away
Arduthie House
61 reviews
2.16 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 30 nearby attractions
Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool
241 reviews
2.68 km away
Tolbooth Museum
163 reviews
1.65 km away
RSPB Fowlsheugh
90 reviews
3.85 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
YenTham
15 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Claudia S | Reviewed this property |
Sure. It will be colder but fewer tourists!
0
Votes
Kristi S
25 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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
0
Votes
Kimberly K
17 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from dleemurray | Reviewed this property |
It’s quite a walk from the town, also the access involves lots of outdoor stairs down cliffs and up again. I use a walking-stick so can no longer visit. Shame, because it is fascinating.
1
Vote