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Dunnottar Woods

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Dunnottar Forest Notice

Due to windblow damage we have had to put some diversions in place on the paths. Please follow all on site signage and diversions.

The lower bridge across the Glaslaw Burn was destroyed by a fallen tree. We have removed the tree and bridge for public safety. We are seeking to replace the bridge but it will take time to seek funding and necessary approvals to do this. Thank you for your patience.

Lively community wood in the grounds of Dunnottar House

Stonehaven’s lively community wood is full of surprises and stories about the Kennedy family who once lived in Dunnottar House. Walk directly into the woodland from the town and quickly lose yourself in history and nature.

In summer the forest is vibrant, green and speckled with wildflowers. In autumn crunchy beech, ash and sycamore leaves carpet the ground — great for tramping through.

Guide map to forests of Aberdeenshire (PDF 4.1MB)

Walking trails


History Trail

A trail notice is in effect

Due to windblow damage we have had to put some diversions in place on the paths. Please follow all on site signage and diversions.

Explore the deciduous woodlands of Dunnottar House and discover its intriguing history at the Shell House, Lady Kennedy’s Bath and Gallow's Hill.

Firm but uneven gravel surface. Long moderate slopes with short steeper sections. Some tree roots and muddy patches. Includes two quiet road crossings.

2 miles / 3.4 km

1 hour

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A whole network of paths criss-crosses Dunnottar Woods – this trail is a good place to start, but you can also start from Glasslaw car park, the quarry car park or Low Wood Road in Stonehaven.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

There are plenty of places to eat and accessible public toilets in Stonehaven.

Getting here

Dunnottar Woods are on the south side of Stonehaven. You can walk to the woods from the town, using a number of entrances between Carron Gardens and Woodcot Brae: it’s a short, steep climb into the woods.

There is a car park at the south end of the forest off the A957 (a continuation of Dunnottar Avenue, if travelling from Stonehaven town). Turn onto the unclassified road just north of the junction with the A92 dual carriagway. The car park is 20m along the road on the right.

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AB39 3XX is the nearest postcode, on the road called Dunnottar Church.

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0300 067 6380 (option 2)
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