“There must be very few castles in the world with a location as stunning as that of Dunnottar Castle… Absolutely worth the drive, I would say this is one of the world’s must-see castles”
Perched atop a 160 foot rock and surrounded on three sides by the North Sea, these dramatic and evocative cliff-top ruins were once an impregnable fortress 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 lover’s dream and an iconic tourist destination for visitors the world over.
For over 1000 years Dunnottar Castle played a crucial role in Scottish history and holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colorful past.
The Castle has played host to some of the nation’s greatest historical figures including William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots and is famous for its role in saving the Honors of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels) from Oliver Cromwell’s army in the 1650s.
From our ship it´s a scenic drive of around 30 minutes to get to the castle’s parking. From there you will enjoy a beautiful 20-minute guided walk to the ruin. After our guided tour at the castle, some free time and walking back to the bus, we will take you back to our ship in Aberdeen.
Starting time: 9.00 AM
Duration: around 4 hours
Activity level: 2/5