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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

1 October to 31 March: Every day except 25, 26 December and 1, 2 January from 10am (closing times vary, please see their website).



1 October to 31 March: Every day except 25, 26 December and 1, 2 January from 10am (closing times vary, please see their website).

1 April to 30 September: Every day from 9am to 5:30pm.

Find Us
Find us

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

  • Free


Dunnottar Taxis 01569 760539


Historic Houses members visit for free

Adult: £7.00
Child: £3.00
Family Ticket: £17.00  (2 adults & 2 children, 5-15 years)


More admission details

  • 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.

Fun Facts

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.


  • Suppliers list
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking

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School Visits

We are able to offer free entry for local schools.