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Stonehaven
Travel Guide

Dunnottar Castle featuring rugged coastline

This bustling seaside resort is best-known for its spectacular New Year’s fire ceremony.

Stonehaven is a lovely harbor town, where pretty, family-friendly beaches draw many summer visitors. The town is also an ideal base for excursions to nearby Dunnottar Castle, an infamous medieval castle set in a striking cliff-top location. Relax on the beach and visit one of Britain’s largest seabird colonies. Arrange your visit for New Year’s to witness one of the country’s most thrilling Hogmanay celebrations.

Stroll along the coastal path leading from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle. Perched in a moody location and surrounded by the thrashing sea on three sides, this medieval castle has been visited by Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and numerous other legendary historic figures over the centuries.

Learn about the town’s history at the Tolbooth Museum, a modest museum set in a 17th-century former tolbooth. Browse the exhibits, which tell the story of how the tolbooth once functioned as a town jail and court in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Sign up for a boat trip to the nearby Fowlsheugh RSPB Reserve. One of mainland Britain’s largest seabird colonies, the reserve is home to around 130,000 birds.

Take the kids to the Stonehaven Open-Air Swimming Pool, a seawater pool dating back to 1934. Designed in art deco style, the pool is one of the country’s few remaining heated outdoor pools. Consider taking an after-dark dip during one of the pool’s midnight swims, which take place on Wednesday nights during the summer.

Head to Stonehaven Beach for more salt-water fun. Stretching for 0.6 miles (1.1 kilometers), this beach is a popular base for watersports. The southern end of the bay is sandier, making it a better spot for those looking to swim.

Plan your visit during New Year’s to see the town’s famous Stonehaven Fireballs event. At midnight, a group of men dressed in kilts swing balls of flame on chains, symbolically warding off evil spirits. Watch the men make their way through the center of town to the harbor, where they throw the fireballs into the sea.

Stonehaven is located 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Aberdeen. It’s well-connected to Aberdeen and Dundee by both bus and train service. Enjoy historic attractions and seaside fun in this quaint town.

Belvedere Hotel
Belvedere Hotel
3 out of 5
41 Evan Street, Stonehaven, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £60 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Situated in Stonehaven, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Stonehaven Tolbooth and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Dunnottar Castle. Stonehaven Outdoor Pool is 0.5 mi (0.8 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (41 reviews)
"Lovely, friendly owner and what an excellent breakfast, severe flooding going on the morning we were due to leave an helpful Info given by hotel owner . Would return x"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2020

Belvedere Hotel
The Ship Inn
The Ship Inn
3 out of 5
The price is £120 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Situated in Stonehaven, this beach inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of Stonehaven Tolbooth and Dunnottar Castle. Stonehaven Outdoor Pool is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)
"The location is right on the harbour with access to everything the Deeside area has to offer. The staff are all friendly and treat the guests with respect and friendliness"

Reviewed on 29 May 2021

The Ship Inn
Bayview Bed and Breakfast
Bayview Bed and Breakfast
4.5 out of 5
3 Bayview Apartments, Stonehaven, Stonehaven, Scotland
The price is £90 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Stonehaven bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Stonehaven Outdoor Pool and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Dunnottar Castle. Stonehaven Tolbooth ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
"It was not advertised that the room was a ground floor on a parking. They only advertised the Room with sea view but the only courtyard room is directly on a parking. Avoid this one"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

Bayview Bed and Breakfast
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Marischal Apartments
Marischal Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is £64 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Located in Central Aberdeen, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth Museum and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (211 reviews)
Business Stay
"Great place to stay either business or pleasure better than any hotel would recommend to any one as exceptional accommodation"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2021

Marischal Apartments
Stylish and Luxury Beach Cottage Located at the Award Winning Lunan Bay Scotland
Stylish and Luxury Beach Cottage Located at the Award Winning Lunan Bay Scotland
Foremans Cottage, Arbroath, SCT
Located in the heart of Arbroath, this historic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lunan Bay and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Dunninald Castle and Gardens. Montrose Basin ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Relaxing stay
"Lovely and clean. Just the right size for our party of 6. Great secure garden for the dog. Plus the superb beach so close. Overall lovely relaxing stay. Thank you."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Stylish and Luxury Beach Cottage Located at the Award Winning Lunan Bay Scotland
Orange Apartments-Kepplestone
Orange Apartments-Kepplestone
5 out of 5
Located in Central Aberdeen, this luxury apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Johnston Gardens, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and His Majesty's Theatre. Robert ...
4.3/5Excellent! (22 reviews)
Home from home
"Amazing place to stay great parking and lovely set out apartment with all you could ever ask for in a home from home all cooking utensils etc and very clean"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Orange Apartments-Kepplestone
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