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.
Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-eastern coast of Scotland, about 2 miles (3 kilometres) south of Stonehaven.
The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar has played a prominent role in the history of Scotland through to the 18th-century Jacobite risings because of its strategic location and defensive strength.
William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II have graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction.
What a view, stunning scenery, easy access to the surrounding beaches and historic location on the North Sea coast. The cliff’s top is accessed by a multitude of often uneven steps, a tough climb but worth it for the castle ruin is fascinating and the views breath-taking. Must see and definitely the most photogenic castle we have ever seen.
The free car park is small, so be prepared to wait for space if it is full. Our advice is to come early in the morning and to enjoy a nice family picnic under a tree after your walk.