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Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle
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Where the Scottish crown jewels were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's army.

Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 2TL, United Kingdom

Dunnottar Castle was a medieval fortress of which only ruins of it are left on a rocky headland in Scotland, 3 kilometers south of Stonehaven. The ruins of the castle are a great sight, but the cliffs that surround it and drop into the North Sea add up to its beauty and make it a must-visit while in Scotland.


Dunnottar Castle’s name in Gaelic is Dùn Fhoithear and means “fort on the shelving slope”. The building we can see today dates back to the 15th and 16th century. However, it is speculated that there once stood another fortress on the same site since the early Middle Ages.


The castle is known for being the place where the Scottish crown jewels were hidden from Oliver Cromwell’s army.

Opening hours

9:00 - 17:30