Walk: A deep-fried day out around Dunnottar

[Stonehaven harbour from the coast path to the south]

Stonehaven is the standard day-trip destination for Aberdonians. It's easy to see why, with a picturesque harbour, beautiful coastal scenery and one of Scotland's most dramatically-set castles nearby. The erosion-prone coastal section of this walk is a popular jaunt, but quiet roads to the west link it to the less well-known local's haunt of Dunnottar Woods. Demolished Dunnottar House is the story linking the two parts of the walk: this country house was constructed in the 1700s to replace apartments at the castle; the forest follies you pass on return were built by its owners. Back in town, reward yourself with an ice cream or deep-fried Mars bar: Stonehaven is well-known for both. Head to Aunty Betty's for the former; the Carron Fish Bar for the latter.

[Woodland paths alongside the Burn of Glaslaw form the return route]

📌 Walk: A deep-fried day out around Dunnottar ★★☆
▶ 6 km / 4 miles | ▲ 190 metres | ⌚ Half day walk
Points of interest: Stonehaven; Stonehaven War Memorial; Dunnottar Castle; Dunnottar Woods & follies
Start / finish: Car park at Stonehaven harbour, G.R.: NO 878855 ///unfounded.slower.fantastic

Route: Car park - Stonehaven War Memorial by coast path - Dunnottar Castle - Mains of Dunnottar - East Newtonleys - car park at top of Dunnottar Woods - Dunnottar Woods & follies - Stonehaven - start. Check the map in the car park as you enter Dunnottar Woods to choose your return route.
Terrain: Steep ascent then clifftop coast path to castle, (mostly) quiet road middle section, then paths for return through Dunnottar Woods with some mud.
Wildlife today: Seagulls and other birds.
Weather today: Dry and breezy; sunny in Stonehaven but cloudier for the middle of the walk.

>> Dunnottar Castle ★★☆

📌 Stonehaven ☆☆☆
Description: Pretty coastal fishing town, claimed birthplace of the deep-fried Mars bar.
Location: G.R.: NO 874859 ///bats.cookie.first

[Boat sculpture in Stonehaven Bay (3/6/14)]

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track


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