Dramatic ruined castle high above the North Sea.

Dunnottar, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, AB39 2TL

Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Scotland

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Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress which was the home of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in Scotland.

Steeped in history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise, a history lovers dream and an iconic tourist destination for visitors the world over.

Visit Dunnottar Castle for your own unforgettable experience and discover the importance of Dunnottar – an impregnable fortress that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.

Opening Times


Open daily through the year.

Before setting off to the Castle, we advise you to visit the home page of our website to check ensure the Castle is open. In the event of bad weather, the Castle may be closed at short notice for safety reasons.

Summer season

1st April – 30th September: 09.30 – 17.30 (last entry 16:30)

Winter season

October : 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry 16.00)

November – January : 10.00 – 15.00 (last entry 14.00)

February: 10.00 – 16.00 (last entry 15.00)

March : 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry 16.00)

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free

Adult (ages 16+): £8
Child (age 5-15): £4
Child (age 0-4): free
Concession (age 65+): £7
Family (up to 2 adults and 2 children): £20
Season pass holders: free

Educational Visits

We are able to offer free entry for local schools.

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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Dunnottar Castle is a historic fort in Stonehaven

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