Dunottar Castle is in the middle of nowhere and there are quite a few steps to climb, but if you are up for it, you will not be disappointed with these mysterious ruins on a cliff top overlooking the sea.
There are several different buildings to explore from the barracks to the keep, storehouses and stables, plus the chapel and drawing room, which are in a better condition. All are atmospheric and entertaining to explore plus make great models for kids who like photography or sketching.
Royal guests of the castle include Mary Queen of Scots and the future King Charles II, but it is more famous for being a site where a small garrison held out against Cromwell for 8 months and saved the Scottish crown jewels from being destroyed! An excellent bit of secret schooling worth boning up on to share.
Even if the weather is sunny, it can still get pretty windy here so make sure you bring some warm and possibly waterproof clothes to keep you snug and dry as you investigate this amazing place. This also means however that kite flyers should bring their trusty steed along!
The walk to the castle can take over an hour and will not be suitable for most pushchairs or wheelchairs especially in dubious weather. Plan for the weather and be sure to take drinks, suncream and whatnot.
1st April - 30th September
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
1st October - 31st March
Please see website for details
Yes, there is parking onsite.
No, there are no toilets available.
No, there are no baby changing facilities.
Yes, you can bring a picnic.
Dunnottar Castle has not told us about their dining options.
No, Dunnottar Castle is not wheelchair friendly.
No, Dunnottar Castle have stated they are not pushchair friendly.
Dunnottar Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.