Visitor Centre Plans for Dunnottar Castle?

Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle

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

It was revealed on Tuesday night at the Stonehaven and District Community Council (SDCC) that landowners Dunecht Estates have plans to add a visitor centre to the 
iconic Castle.

Dunecht Estates are looking to give a presentation and walk through of their plans at the next Stonehaven Community Council meeting 
on April 14, which will take place at the Invercarron Resource Centre at 7.15pm.

Knud Christensen, who is the chair of SDCC, is to meet with Dunecht Estates along with representatives of neighbouring community council Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar, to go through the intended plans.

Knud, who has yet to see any plans, told the meeting on Tuesday night: “I like that they have been proactive and have contacted the community council and we welcome that.

“We feel we can help the understanding of what is going on and would encourage any developer to come and speak to the community council.

“They will receive a friendly welcome and get a chance to gather some views from the community 
council and public.”

Stuart Young, Chief Executive, Dunecht Estates said: “We have been working on proposals for a Visitor Centre at Dunnottar Castle and will be meeting with Stonehaven Community Council and Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar Community Council in the next few weeks to present plans and to get early feedback on our ideas.

“As well as the Visitor Centre we have been looking at provision of better access to the beach at Castle Haven and developing a further network of paths between the Castle, War Memorial and the coast road. We look forward to getting feedback from the community before developing our thoughts further.”