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“well worth the drive”
Review of Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Stonehaven
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.
Reviewed 3 April 2013

While visiting family in Stirling we headed up north to Aberdeen and on the way stopped in Stonehaven to get a guided tour of Dunnottar castle from my sisters friend, a life long resident and former summer worker at the castle. The views and surroundings are beautiful. With his input it made the trip even better with the history and details of the castle. Just wandering the castle was great just be prepared for the stairs, great going down to it, but they could be a challenge going up if you're outta shape or disabled. The grounds are well kept and we were told they are beginning some more restorations so it will be nice to re-visit in the future. If they added a guided tour or recorded headphone type in the future , that would make it even better.

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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Very cool castle in an incredibly dramatic setting. Well worth a visit if on the way up north from Edinburgh.

Thank Ross G J
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

Haunted for years after once seeing a photo of this windswept ruin high on a rock jutting out into the stormy ocean, it was a captivating experience to wander among "the ghosts and the ancient stones". I took dozens of memorable photographs of the architecture, and through the windows opening upon the wild sea on a chilly, breezy day in early March, sparse sunbeams poking through broken clouds on a day hovering on the edge of snow. Perfect.

As the path from the road to the castle is steep and rugged, travelers with mobility problems may not find this a suitable attraction. The castle's own website makes this clear.

Thank Dan S
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

This was without a doubt the highlight of my visit to Scotland. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the ruins, and were really lucky to meet a very knowledgable member of staff who told us many great stories about both the past and current state of the buildings. He really made our trip to Dunnottar worthwhile despite the horrendous weather and we just wanted to thank him on here. The castle itself was absolutely stunning and occupies such a unique location, it's up there with Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart for the wow factor! We got some incredible photos.

Only constructive criticism I could make is there's a lack of signage around the castle to explain exactly what things are beside the name of the room and an approximate date of construction, an exhibition would have been nice. The willingness of the Staff to go out of their way to answer questions about the history does negate this somewhat however.

For only a fiver, this was undoubtedly the best valued castle on our trip to Scotland, and gave us a few extra pounds for drinks down in the small town of Stonehaven after!

Thank Alex T
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WendyCustodian, Manager at Dunnottar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2013

Dear Alex. Thanks very much to you and to all the other people who take the time to write a review for Dunnottar, it is much appreciated. I was particularly interested in your comment as you mention a member of our staff team being both knowledgeable and helpful and I always like to thank those who go above and beyond to make our visitors visit a memorable one. Would you be able to email me a description of the person who served you so I could do that please? Our Castle email address is - dunnottarcastle@btconnect.com. Many thanks. Wendy

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Reviewed 3 March 2013

The castle grounds and surrounding areas are gorgeously green with a fantastic shoreline! There's a lot to see and many footpaths to choose from, but the way to the castle itself is mostly straightforward and it's only 5 quid each to go in. We have a lot of excellent photos from our trip!

Still, it is quite a bit of walking up and downhill. I recommend bringing a bottle of water. Wear comfortable shoes and a wind-resistant jacket. While the footpath in from Stonehaven is technically closed (there are two washed out places), we still saw several people using the path and it is possible to carefully edge past the two rough sections. We can't wait to head back!

Thank Newtstein
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