Stonehaven tourist information

Stonehaven lies on the coast 15 miles south of Aberdeen, and is famous for the dramatic and beautiful ruin of Dunnottar Castle high on the rugged clifftops. In 1297 'Braveheart' William Wallace laid siege to the castle, burning down the chapel with an English garrison inside.

But there is more to Stonehaven than just the castle. This small but delightful fishing town has a picturesque harbour with pubs and shops, and hosts a summer habour festival complete with rafting competition.

Hogmanay (New Year) sees the 'Fireballs' festival, a strange tradition where locals parade through the town swinging flaming wire 'balls' to ensure good luck. This attracts thousands of visitors, although they would be well advised to stand well back!

Stonehaven golf club has a course which follows the clifftops, with stunning sea views to the castle, and is one of many making this area ideal for a golfing holiday. The spectacular cliffside Fowlsheugh RSPB reserve is just down the coast and is home to around 130,000 breeding seabirds in the spring and summer, including fulmar and puffin.

Tourist Attractions in and near Stonehaven to Visit



Stonehaven Fireball Festival Unique Hogmanay festival

Stonehaven Golf Club Exciting cliff-top golf course



Dunnottar Castle Dramatic and beautiful ruined castle.


Out & About

Stonehaven Harbour Picturesque fishing harbour

Fowlsheugh Nature Reserve Spectacular cliffside RSPB reserve

Days Out around Stonehaven.

Walks along the cliff tops.

Towns Near Stonehaven To Visit - straight line distance:

Banchory (12.67 miles) Aberdeen (13.05 miles) Montrose (20.08 miles)
How to get to Stonehaven

Stonehaven Tourist Information Centre

  • 66 Allardice Street
    AB39 2AA
    Tel: 01569 762806
The Ship Inn
5 Shorehead Stonehaven AB39 2JY

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The Royal Hotel
44 Allardice Street Stonehaven AB39 2BU

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Lairhillock Lodge
Netherley Stonehaven AB39 3QS

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Holiday Cottages
Beach Apartment Pop Up Living
The Beach Apartment Stonehaven AB39 2RD

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The Castle Stables
9 Drumtochty Stables, Drumtochty Stonehaven AB30 1TP

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Stonehaven Weather
Thursday 17th April
Day :Patchy rain possible9°C Patchy rain possible
Night :Clear skies4°C Clear skies
Friday 18th April
Day :Sunny skies8°C Sunny skies
Night :Clear skies4°C Clear skies
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