Dunnottar Castle - Aberdeenshire  

Walking around and through the ruins of Dunnottar Castle will send your imagination into overdrive, giving you a real appreciation of just how impenetrable this once great medieval fortress was.

Dunnottar Castle is a ruined stone building with a long history, on a cliff top view with exceptional ruined cliff face. The surviving ruins were built in the 15th and 16th century, but the area has been inhabited as far back as the Iron Age, during the time of the Picts. The name comes partly from the Pictish word for hill fort, ‘Dun’. Today, as well as being a local tourist attraction it is a popular place to get married and was the setting for Mel Gibson’s 1990 Film Hamlet.

The castle is open daily and priced at £6 per adult (correct at time of writing September 2015) and dogs are allowed. The car park is very small, so it would be a good idea to park at the local town, Stonehaven and walk the picturesque 2 mile coastal path to the castle, or there is a bus you can catch from the market square.

Other local attractions in the area include RSPB Fowlsheugh, Stonehaven Beach, an open air heated seawater swimming pool and golf club. You could visit “Husky Haven” for a sled dog experience.

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