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.
Today’s opening hours
Check open times before visiting.
1st April to 30th Sept.: 9am - 5:30pm.
1st Oct. to 31st March : 10am - various, see the castle website for details.
Dunnottar Castle is located less than two miles south of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, just off the main A92 Stonehaven/Montrose road.
The X7 and 107 buses to and from Aberdeen stops a short walk from the Castle car park. The nearest railway station is in Stonehaven.
If cycling, the easiest (and safest) route is to follow the Bervie Braes road from Stonehaven.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Dunnottar Taxis 01569 760539
Historic Houses members visit for free
Family Ticket: £17.00 (2 adults & 2 children, 5-15 years)
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
- Access statement available
A word from the owner
In 1651 Oliver Cromwell’s army laid siege to the Castle for eight months in an attempt to steal the Scottish Crown Jewels, which were smuggled out by Mrs Grainger, wife of the minister at Kinneff Kirk - a village a few miles south of Dunnottar. Here they were hidden at the old Parish Church.
Dunnottar Castle has been used as a film location for Zeffirelli's 'Hamlet', 'Victor Frankenstein' and was the inspiration for the family castle in the animated film 'Brave'.
A breath-taking and stunningly unique setting for the most memorable of days, Dunnottar Castle is an idyllic and enchanting venue to host your wedding ceremony.
Wildly romantic and with the stunning clifftop views and iconic ruined castle as a backdrop, you have the perfect magical location for your precious occasion.
From the curved archway of the Smithy to the charming chapel, wedding ceremonies can be conducted in any location within the Castle grounds. The spectacular views across the North Sea and the historical ruins create an exceptional setting for wedding photography.
We are able to offer free entry for local schools.