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Monday, 27 April 2020

Views of Stonehaven Not Many People Get to See

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One of Stonehaven's most famous Landmarks is Dunnottar Castle. Thousands of visitors flock to see this every year.

Things are a liitle different this year. The whole world was invaded in 2020  by a virus which resulted in a Pandemic and like most of the world, Stonehaven has been in lockdown meaning most businesses and visitor atractions have been closed.

Please watch the video below to see what people are missing by not being able to visit Stonehaven at this time

This video was done by a drone by Larry Sutherland and gives you a Bird's Eye view which not too many people get to see.

Hopefully this will inspire people to visit Stonehaven once things get back to normal.

George McGillivray
Stonehaven Guide
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Saturday, 4 April 2020

Dunnottar Castle Restored to Former Glory - Digitally

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I came across an interesting article about a new project by Budget Direct who choose 7 of the most unique European castles and digitally restored them to their former glory.

Our own Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven was one of the seven chosen for the project.

Dunnottar is a promontory fort. It is perched on a ‘sea girt’ looking out into the North Sea from the East Coast of Scotland.

The castle has played a pivotal role in tensions between the English and the Scottish over the years. Most famously, William (Braveheart) Wallace besieged and retook the castle from the English in 1297 packet (it is a key location in the 1990 movie).

The castle was later besieged by Oliver Cromwell. The Scottish Crown Jewels were smuggled to safety either up the jumper of a pregnant woman or over the seaward facing walls depending on who you ask.

One of the most dominant remains on the 1.4-hectare site is the 14th-century Tower House. This uniquely Scottish feature was a kind of fortified mansion that once stood three storeys high.

Source of original article:

If you are interested in Castles it is worth a read

George McGillivray
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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Stunning Video of Some Local History relating to Stonehaven

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 I recently came across this stunning video which is based on research carried out by the University of Aberdeen at an eroded sea stack near Dunnottar Castle, just south of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.

Archaeologists say the stack, named Dunnicaer, was the site of a major Pictish fortification in the third or fourth centuries.

Anyone interested in some history relating to Stonehaven would enjoy reading this recent article I discovered at the original source at 

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Stonehaven Visitor's Thoughts on Hiking to Dunnottar Castle

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We were delighted when a young lady from Georgia shared a blog post with Stonehaven Guide.

Kayla McFadden is her name. She works full time in the film industry in Georgia, and in her spare time she loves  to travel the world.

She was in Scotland recently studying in Edinburgh and decided to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to see some of Scotland’s gorgeous natural scenery.

This took her and her partner Brandon on a day trip to Stonehaven.

This involved a hike to Dunnottar Castle.

She gives a very detailed account of her trip in her own blog post at

It will be of interest to potential visitors to our lovely coastal towns and local residents.

It is well worth a read.

Here is the link again

Thank you Kayla for a very positive report on your day trip to Stonehaven and hopefully you have been persuaded to consider staying for a few days on your next visit.

Good Luck on your future travels.

George McGillivray

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

"Twice the Life for Half the Price"

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Channel 5 are looking for people who are moving from a city to more rural areas to take part in an exciting new TV show.

We were recently contacted at Stonehaven Guide, because an Assistant Producer for the programme read an article  about Stonehaven being in the top 10 most desirable seaside towns in Scotland.

She thought  the Stonehaven Guide might be able to help them find out if somebody would happen to know of anyone who had moved to the Stonehaven area or were planning making the move from a big city and who may be interested in taken part in the exciting new show called "Twice the Life for Half the Price" to be presented by Kate Humble.

Channel 5 are looking for people making a big life change that involves a mammoth move.

We are happy to help so if this sounds like you get in touch with the organisers by sending an email.

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

AWPR Provides Faster Access to Stonehaven

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The AWPR ( Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) has made a difference to Stonehaven.
Simon Cruickshank, owner of the Ship Inn said has seen a significant increase in visitors from outwith  Stonehaven to the Captain's Table Restaurant and the Bar from places like Westhill, Inverurie, Ellon and Dyce.

Watch the video below:

 The new AWPR bypass makes it easier to visit us at the Ship Inn at Stonehaven Harbour.

Now only a 20 minute drive from Aberdeen Airport.

25minutes from Inverurie

30 minutes from Ellon

Only 15 minutes from Westhill.

Here's a review from a visitor from Westhill.

"Zipped along the new Aberdeen bypass from Kingswells to Stonehaven for a quick Friday lunch. Delicious Cullen Skink with crusty bread sitting outside in the sunshine overlooking the harbour. Perfect but for the occasional sandstorm (moved inside after a bit!)"

Come and visit our Bar or have a meal in our Captain's Table Restaurant.

Take advantage of the new AWPR bypass.

You can book a meal by calling
01569 762617
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