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Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
+44 1569 766320
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Great to explore, spectacular, worth the time spent!

Do your history research because Dunottar is full of it! Even if you don't like history, Dunottar... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ashtyn S
via mobile
A Hike, But So Worth It!

13th century ruins of Dunnottar Castle. (Pronounced ‘done-otter’). I had read and seen it was going... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
hjs799
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Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the cliff” (119 reviews)
“car park” (135 reviews)
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Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
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"the cliff"
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"car park"
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"stunning location"
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"steep steps"
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"drawing room"
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"views are amazing"
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"coastal path"
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"war memorial"
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"walking shoes"
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"guide book"
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"mobility issues"
in 19 reviews
"take your time"
in 21 reviews
"worth the climb"
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"worth the effort"
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"william wallace"
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"sunny day"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Do your history research because Dunottar is full of it! Even if you don't like history, Dunottar offers fantastic cliff views, lots of walking, and ruins to explore. My sister and I braved the stairs to get into Dunottar and walk inside the castle grounds....More

Thank Ashtyn S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

13th century ruins of Dunnottar Castle. (Pronounced ‘done-otter’). I had read and seen it was going to be quite a walk to get there, and it’s all true, but OH is it worth it! There is a sandy path, wooden steps and then stone steps...More

Thank hjs799
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Even on the wrong day you should be able to get some great pictures of the ruins of Dunnottar Castle.There are many steps down to the Castle itself and remember who goes down must go up so allow plenty of time to get to and...More

Thank Ashley E
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice path down to a set of steep steps down to the castle. You will need a certain amount of fitness to do this castle. Very picturesque and dog friendly place. Worth a visit and not expensive

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Has to be one of my very favourite Scottish castles. Dunnottar is a true gem. From arriving at the car park (which does get very busy) to walking the longish path to the castle entrance builds up the 'excitement'. You see the castle in the...More

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were lucky to visit this beautiful place on a bright, sunny day. The car park was full but there was plenty of room to park on the roadside.After about 200 yards, one could take the narrow path that takes to a cliff which offers...More

Thank KISHORE W
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great hike up to the castle from Stonehaven and you can see the War Memorial along the way. Information about the castle is well-presented and you feel like you learn a lot. Great experience.

Thank Katie L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Parking and food truck at entrance to the “STEPS”. Steps down and steps up to the castle. The view is unbelievable. You feel like you are looking at exactly what the past Inhabitants looked at. The sea and the coastline are pristine. The ruins are...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Dunnottar castle is not for the faint hearted nor is it for less able bodied people but once you have negotiated the endless steps to get there it is well worth the effort. In its heyday it would have been an incredible fortress and almost...More

Thank quarryfield
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! What a view! This has to be one of the most dramatic castles in Scotland. The way it is perched on a cliff offers the most phenomenal view. There are a lot of stairs, but it is worth the climb. Definitely, definitely worth going....More

Thank Alison F
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Kristi S
25 December 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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Kimberly K
17 October 2017|
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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.
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rushville
8 September 2017|
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Response from bassethoundsforever | Reviewed this property |
You may be interested in the Hermitage which is near Dunkeld. It's a historical trail which is very beautiful and was visited by Wordsworth. While you are in the area I would recommend walking along the Tay River away from... More
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