£1.5m Visitor Centre plans for Dunnottar Castle

A presentation was given to the community council this week
A presentation was given to the community council this week

Dunnottar Castle could be in line for a revamp with a £1.5m visitor centre being considered for the popular tourist destination.

Owners Dunecht Estates gave a presentation to Stonehaven Community Council and Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar Community Councils this month.

The view coming back up from Dunnottar Castle

The view coming back up from Dunnottar Castle

Included in the presentation were pictures of what the visitor centre could look like. It was also noted that there are plans to upgrade the coastal path adding in new viewpoints and paths which would lead down to beach beside the castle.

Dunecht Estates were looking for views on the proposals and when asked when this proposal may become a planning application Stuart Young Chief Executive of Dunecht Estates said: “Not in a hurry, we want to be completely sure about this.”

He noted during the presentation that the castle had 88,000 paying visitors last year which was an increase to previous years.

Inside the visitor centre plans are included for a cafe with a terrace view, toilets, exhibition space and retail. To help pay for the plans five enabling houses are being proposed with the plans.

inside the proposed visitor centre

inside the proposed visitor centre

Stuart Young added: “We came here tonight to get views from the community council, we want to make sure the economics of this stand up.”

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Dunecht Estates spoke at the Stonehaven and District Community Council

Dunecht Estates spoke at the Stonehaven and District Community Council