GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle Walk

3 miles (5 km)

This coastal walk takes you from the town of Stonehaven to the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle. It's about a 1.5 mile walk following the coast path.
The walk starts at the Stonehaven Harbour car park, about a mile south east of the train station. From here you can pick up the signed trail heading south past Downie Point to Strathlethan Bay where there are a series of waterfalls. You then pass Bowdun Head and Castle Haven before coming to the castle. The photogenic ruin sits in a wonderful position on the cliff top with wonderful coastal views from the fortress. The 15th century castle has a fascinating history being known as the place where theHonours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden fromOliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th century. Full access to the castle requires a fee with more details on the link below.

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Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The coastal path and the castle make for a bracing dog walk. Please keep them on leads in the castle grounds as there are some steep cliffs to be wary of.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head inland and you could continue your walking around Stonehaven at Dunnottar Woods where there are miles of waymarked footpaths to try.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Low tide in Stonehaven Inner Harbour - - 1372056

Low tide in Stonehaven Inner Harbour. South Pier viewed from the Fish Jetty.

View towards Downie Point - - 278158

View towards Downie Point

Strathlethan Bay - - 1716134

Strathlethan Bay. Looking NE along Strathlethan Bay. Stonehaven War Memorial on Black hill is seen to the left of the photo

Stonehaven Memorial - - 1351342

Stonehaven Memorial. War memorial from the south perched on its small clifftop hill.

Strathlethan Bay, near Stonehaven - - 158044

Strathlethan Bay, near Stonehaven

Castle Haven and Bowdun Head - - 170871

Castle Haven and Bowdun Head

Dunnottar Castle - - 691868

Dunnottar Castle

Beach by Dunnottar Castle - - 158054

Beach by Dunnottar Castle


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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