Come out to play
Dunnottar’s mix of trees, glades and winding paths make it a real playground for Stonehaven. There are treasures to find too: the Kennedy family, who once owned the woods, left behind intriguing structures like the Shell House and Lady Kennedy’s bath: see how it compares to your bathroom!
Try the history trail for your first visit or make your own favourite route on the many woodland paths. On summer weekends you might find the local bodgers’ group at work, trying out traditional woodturning skills.
Download our guide to all our forests in Aberdeenshire to explore Dunnottar and the surrounding forests.
Quarry car park
This small alternative car park is in the middle of the wood. Take the A957 from the centre of Stonehaven heading south. After the petrol station, turn right onto Low Wood Road and take the third road on the left, around the side of the wood. The entrance to the car park is on the left about ¼ mile (400 metres) along this road. Grid reference NO 863 850.
There are plenty of places to eat and accessible public toilets in Stonehaven.
Explore the deciduous woodlands of Dunnottar House and discover its intriguing history at the Shell House, Lady Kennedy’s Bath and Gallows 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 Allow 1 hour
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.
Mountain biking trails
The local community help Forestry Commission Scotland to manage this small wood through the Dunnottar Woodland Park Association. Check their website for details of the bodging group, or how to get involved in looking after the woods.
How to get 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.
For the main car park at Glasslaw, drive south from the centre of Stonehaven on the A957. Just before the dual carriageway turn right onto an unclassified road. The car park is about 20m along this road.
The car park is at grid reference NO 863 843.
AB39 3XX is the nearest postcode.
The local Stonehaven Circular bus (service 108) stops along Low Wood Road. It’s a short, steep climb from here into the wood. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.
For a longer walk, try the circular route that links the woods, Stonehaven town centre and spectacular Dunnottar Castle, perched on cliffs above the north sea. The AA website has details of this 3½ mile (5.7 km) route.
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