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“An amazing place”
Review of Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle
Ranked #1 of 25 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 12 August 2016

Spent the morning here and was so worth the walk up to the castle, excellent value for money..
The views are stunning and the staff very helpful..
If you like your history along with castles this place is a must..

Thank DeeJ2727
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Absolutely breath taking, crowded but enough room for all. Long hike down and then up. It was gently raining so the steps were a bit slippery, so hang on. We saw lots of families and dogs. Well worth the trip and the hike.

Thank Arrietty613
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Don't miss this amazing castle!

The car park here is small so arrive early to get a space, when we left we could see cars park along the road for maybe a mile?? The castle is not easily accessible as you have to go down (then up) a lot of steps to get there, although you can still get a great view of the castle before you have to go down the steps. I wondered how our children (4&3) would cope with all the steps, whilst the 3yr old needed help on the steps on the way back to the car park, they both managed really well. With it's coastal location and no cafe to shelter in I don't think we would visit with kids on a cold wet day, however a great day trip for a warm sunny day. The castle is mostly a ruin and great for exploring, there is also a nice pebble beach with rock pools to investigate.

We got in free with our Historic Houses Association card.

I just wish I could have bought a souvenir magnet, if there was a place to get one we couldn't find it!

2  Thank Pixel_Dust_Fairy
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Starting from the harbor, it is a great walk up past the War Memorial and along the coastal tourist route (taking the footpath towards the Memorial) to the castle itself.
You'll get a great view of Stonehaven above the harbor too, and if you stroll the same way back you can finish with a pint in a harbor pub ;)

The castle is £7 entry for adults and to be honest, the best part is the view from the outside so if you're travelling on a budget I would save your money and just admire the castle from the clifftops opposite!

If you haven't been recently, there is a new 'land train' if you don't have a car and don't want to walk (one trip is £5 so you're maybe better getting a taxi if there are more than a couple of you!), also there is a little food van next to the car park which is worth popping to for a coffee or snack.

To get to the castle there are lots of steps down to the entrance and then stone steps up to the castle itself, so if you are a wheelchair user I wouldn't recommend attempting these. HOWEVER you can easily get from the car park to the cliff top opposite so will get a great photo and view of it, so I'd still insist on visiting if you're in town!

1  Thank PillowEnthusiast
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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Decided to take my 2 teenage children here and what a great time we had. This is a great place to visit. A stunning castle located on the beautiful east coast of Scotland. Breath taking views from inside the castle and very informative. A good price for entry and I thoroughly recommend a visit here. After the castle we spent a good hour on the beach before the climb back up to the car park.

Thank Leggo68
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