Dunnottar Castle is a romantic, evocative and historically significant ruined Castle, perched on a giant conglomorate on the edge of the North-Sea. Once seen – never forgotten. The medieval fortress is located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages.
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.