You can’t fail to be impressed by the drama of Dunnottar Castle, once the setting of Zeffirelli’s Macbeth. From afar, the ruined cliff-top fortress arrests the eye and as you approach, it's majestic beauty will capture you in its thrall. Inside you can learn about famous visitors including William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots and hear about the siege of the Scottish Crown Jewels.
This RSPB reserve is just along the coast, where the steep cliffs attract thousands of breeding seabirds every year. Take a short walk from the car park and you are surrounded by the awe-inspiring sight and sounds of a great gathering of guillemots, razorbills and puffins. The walk offers plenty of opportunities to see a great variety of local flora and fauna.
Stonehaven Golf Club
Sharing the same panoramic views as our lodges, Stonehaven Golf Club hugs the coastline and boasts 5,000 yards of cliff top tees, passing close by the centuries old Cowie chapel and graveyard, and allowing plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of dolphins in the bay. All of Dalriada guests are welcome for freshly baked scones and lunches in the licensed clubhouse.
Stonehaven Open Air Heated Pool
This Olympic-sized pool was opened in 1934, and is the northernmost lido in the UK. The pool offers an opportunity to swim in clean, heated seawater from May until September, with midnight swims, leisurely laps and the famous Aqua Ceilidh, which is part of the Stonehaven Folk Festival.
Stonehaven Land Train
The Stonehaven Land Train is owned by the Stonehaven Town Partnership which is a registered charity and is funded by The Coastal Communities Fund.
The Land Train runs daily in July. Scheduled to leave Market Square at 12 noon, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30, 4.30. Come along and have a lovey trip to the Caravan Park/Open Air Swimming Pool, up to Dunnottar Castle, along the beautiful harbour then back to Market Square. You can get off at any stop to enjoy the amazing scenery.
Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum
The Tolbooth Museum is located on the harbour front. The Stonehaven Tolbooth is thought to have been founded by George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal (c. 1553–1623), with the original purpose of the rectangular building being to act as a storehouse during the construction of the nearby Dunnottar Castle. In 1600, an Act of Parliament provided that the building become the administrative centre for Stonehaven.
Stonehaven War Memorial
Stonehaven’s War Memorial is a particularly noticeable monument, standing on top of the Black Hill just south of the town. It is often thought of as being in a poor state of repair but this is the way it was designed to look – as unfinished or ruined as the lives of those it commemorates.
Stonehaven Leisure Centre & Pool
Activities and facilities available at this centre:
25 metre swimming pool
18 station fitness room with Pulse fitness equipment
3 badminton court games hall, 5-a-side football, netball, short tennis, basketball
Kids adventure park, skate park