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Absolutely fantastic castle ruins. Takes at least 2 hours to see everything. There is a free app... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mona H
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Best castle ruin of the UK

Travelling throughout the UK and Ireland I visited many castle ruins, and Dunnottar Castle was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Boolarra, Australia
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Majestic 14th-century castle located on a rugged cliff overlooking the coast.
Stonehaven AB39 2TL, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic castle ruins. Takes at least 2 hours to see everything. There is a free app to use as a guide. 180 steps to walk down to the start of the castle. Highly recommend.

Thank Mona H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spectacular views. Fasinating history. Lots of steps with narrow walkways which can become slippery. Well worth the the effort if you are interested in history. I would recommend sturdy foot wear.

Thank Roderick F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Travelling throughout the UK and Ireland I visited many castle ruins, and Dunnottar Castle was without a doubt my favourite. The car park is small and the castle is slightly off the tourist track, so there were far less crowds than what I experienced in...More

Thank rylesmiles
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stunning location, not crowded & well worth the visit. If you are in the area, this is a must see, even if you are not a history guru. As many have pointed out, be prepared to walk a fair distance from the small parking lot,...More

Thank BoboToronto
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth visiting much bigger than expected. Lovely views of the coastline from the castle. Worth the walk. Toilets provided. We managed to park in the car park.

Thank Joan S
Reviewed 5 days ago

There is something truly special about this castle. It is nestled on a lovely rocky isle just on the sea. The history behind it is fascinating. The ruins are well preserved and quite extensive. There is quite a walk down and up a staircase to...More

Thank Heidi D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Travelled here with a group of about 10 fellow travellers. You have to be able to walk and do stairs to get to the castle, but it's worth it! The scenery of the cove is magnificent and the ruined castle itself is just beautiful. I...More

Thank capaton
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a busy, windy, rainy, grey day. Car park was full on arrival so we had to park on the main road which was a slight inconvenience. It is a bit of a walk to get to the castle - Down 100+ steps and...More

Thank albion89
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite castles - such amazing views and the grounds are maintained and are quiet lovely. Climbing stairs is the only way to access the castle so be prepared. The guidebook is a wonderful help and a great souvenir.

Thank Sun4running
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the visit! Nice landscape, nice wall to reach the castle. Absolutely a must do when visiting Scotland.

Thank Mary2012-2012
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Kristi S
24 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
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.
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