DUNNOTTAR CASTLE

once seen, never forgotten...

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DISCOVER ONE OF SCOTLAND'S HIDDEN TREASURES

Perched atop a 160 foot rock and surrounded on three sides by the North Sea, these dramatic and evocative cliff-top ruins were once an impregnable fortress of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in Scotland.

Steeped in history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise, a history lover’s dream and an iconic tourist destination for visitors the world over.

ONCE SEEN, NEVER FORGOTTEN

ONCE SEEN, NEVER FORGOTTEN

Visit Dunnottar Castle for your own unforgettable experience exploring the impregnable fortress that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.

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Dunnottar Castle is located on a rocky outcrop along the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail, just 1.6 miles south of Stonehaven and only 20 miles from Aberdeen International Airport.

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One of Scotland's national treasures

Hidden Secrets

Explore the past

For over 1000 years Dunnottar Castle played a crucial role in Scottish history and holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.

The Castle has played host to some of the nation's greatest historical figures including William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots and is famous for its role in saving the Honours of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels) from Oliver Cromwell's army in the 1650s.

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What to Expect

The Local Area

Located on the Aberdeenshire coastline near the historic harbour town of Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle is the perfect day out for friends, families and tour groups.

Explore the wider region and discover what Majestic Aberdeenshire has to offer.

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Opening Times

View our seasonal opening times here. In the event of bad weather the Castle may be closed.

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Refreshments

Enjoy our scenic picnic seating and a selection of refreshments from the C & L Catering Van.

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Visitor Parking

Parking for bikes, motorbikes, cars, motorhomes, caravans and coaches is available on site.

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