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!