Dunnottar Castle, from Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle is the most spectacular of all ruined coastal fortresses, perched on a gigantic rocky outcrop almost detached from the mainland. It is the highlight of this short coastal circuit which extends southwards from the harbour at Stonehaven. For the return you can retrace your steps to make the most of the scenery, ride the Land Train service (summer only), or follow the path as described beside a minor road.


Well marked coastal path; steep ascent near start and dangerous cliff edges by the path. Road walking on the return.

Public Transport

Stonehaven has buses and trains.


Stonehaven harbour. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Users' reports

As well as reading our description of each walking route, you can read about the experiences of others users on this walk and others.
There are 4 user reports for this walk - click to read them.

Write your own report - there's £150 to win from Cotswold Outdoor each month
Add this walk to your wishlist.

  • Currently 4.69/516

User Rating
Log in to vote
Grade (key)

bog factorbog factor
Bog Factor (key)