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Dunnotar Castle

A walk with views of Dunnottar Castle

In September 2017, when we visited Aberdeenshire for a weekend, we decided to visit Stonehaven and Dunnotar Castle for one day. Dunnottar Castle is without a doubt one of Scotland’s most impressive castle locations and a photographer’s paradise. Surrounded on all sides by cliffs and three by water, Dunnottar Castle holds a spectacular position. Despite the rain we had a great time, the walk to the castle is enjoyable and has amazing coastal views. As the Scots say “In Scotland, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” 🙂

From Aberdeen Union Square it is only 20 minutes with the train to Stonehaven. From Stonehaven it is a beautiful 40 minutes coastal walk to the castle. En route it’s worth taking time out to visit the impressive war memorial.

The castle is in ruins but a couple of buildings have been restored like the great hall where guests were received. Do note that the Castle does not have any cafe or gift shop, and that there is an entrance fee of 7 pounds per person including a map showing a walking tour and the sights.

Below you will find my photo’s and a map of our walk from Stonehaven trainstation to Dunnotar Castle. When you are planning a trip to Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire, I highly recommend you to visit this spectacular place!

Stonehaven, a small harbour town

Stonehaven, a small harbour town

The walk through Stonehaven is very beautiful

The walk through Stonehaven is very beautiful

The harbour of Stonehaven.

The harbour of Stonehaven.

En route it's worth taking time out to visit the impressive war memorial.

En route it’s worth taking time out to visit the impressive war memorial.

Despite the rain we had a great time

Despite the rain we had a great time

Beautiful coastal view

Beautiful coastal views

From every corner you will get amazing views of the castle

From every corner you will get amazing views of the castle

Dunnotar Castle

Dunnotar Castle

Visiting the castle is really worth it, you can visit the stables, the smithy and the thiefs hole

Visiting the castle is really worth it, you can visit the old stables, the smithy and the thiefs hole and many more

Beautiful cliffs as seen from the castle

Beautiful cliffs as seen from the castle

Near the castle you will find this small waterfall

Near the castle you will find this small waterfall

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Arlette
    December 16, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    My “to visit” list of Scotland seems to be expanding every day. The location of ththe castle looks absolutely stunning!

    • Reply
      Thea.Photo
      December 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment! I love Scotland, I just bought a book about the route 500 in North Scotland and it looks beautiful. Hope to plan this road trip in 2018.

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