Dunnottar Castle dogged by poo problem

Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle

Despite being the jewel in the crown of Stonehaven and the surrounding area, even Dunnottar Castle hasn’t escaped the problem of dog mess.

Landowners Dunecht Estates have appealed for dog walkers to remember to pick up after their pets while walking at the castle and the nearby cliff paths, or risk ruining the picturesque walk for others.

Despite a dog poo bin being installed some time ago at each end of the cliff top walk from the War Memorial to the Castle, a spokesperson said that the problem affected the length of the route, as well as another path leading to the Castle.

The spokesperson added: “We have had complaints from a lot of people about the dog mess on the path leading from the car park to the castle, and although the coastal path is not in our remit it is a problem there too.”

She added that Dunecht Estates had spoken to an Aberdeenshire Council dog warden.

Signs had been installed reminding people to pick up after their pooches.

She said: “A huge number of dog walkers come round this area, and the vast majroty of them are responsible and pick up after their pets.

“But unfortunately it doesn’t take many to spoil it for everyone else.”

The spokesperson added that Dunnottar Castle and the surrounding area was a dog friendly place, and they were very welcome at the castle.

Sh, explained that they still encouraged people to make use of the walk with their

pets.

n The problem of dog mess on our streets and pathways was brought up most recently last week, when the Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer asked readers to comment on a new sign designed by Aberdeenshire Council, to encourage people to pick up after their pets.

The sign provides a phone number, 0800 600 3900, for people to call in confidence if they wish to report an offender.