I had written about Dunnottar Castle earlier in my blog when I planned to go and visit. I did finally find the time today to take a run up the coast. As I got closer and closer the skies opened and the rain began to fall. Those clouds that look blue were actually black and the rain had made the trail to the castle – very steep in either direction – pretty much impossible unless you had really good hiking boots with grip. The admission fee is 7 GBP and it appears the castle is open every day of the year from at least 10:00-16:00. In the summer it is open longer. I can only imagine the small car park filling up quite quickly. The castle bulletin board actually suggests parking in Stonehaven and hiking up to the castle. There is a caravan with tea and coffee and sweets before the path leading to the castle.
The views from the hills around are absolutely breathtaking.
I suggest that you take the A92 from Arbroath and drive through the scenic villages. You could stop for lunch at Lunan and also take in the lovely beach area there on the same visit. The fields between Montrose and Stonehaven are full of daffodils being grown for market and amazing sheep!