Dunnottar Castle ranked as the fifth best coastal walk in the UK
Now that the travel ban has been lifted and six people from six households can meet outdoors, long walks by the coast with a friend are back on the cards.
To help hikers and tourists decide which coastal walk to visit next, energy switching site Save On Energy has discovered and ranked the highest-rated coastal walks throughout the UK, based on TripAdvisor review scores.
And Dunnottar Castle grabbed the top five spot.
Scotland boasts four spots in the UK rankings - placing third, fifth, 11th and 16th in the UK's top 20 coastal walks.
Scotland's highest rated walk is Quiraing in the Isle of Skye, coming third in the UK with an average TripAdvisor rating of 4.84/5.
Dunnottar Castle ranks next, ranking as the fifth best coastal walk in the UK with a rating of 4.79/5.
Third in Scotland is Culzean Castle and Country Park, ranking 11th with 4.59, and finally Calton Hill in Edinburgh with a score of 4.55.
Renowned for its breathtaking coastal cliff scenery, Dunnottar was once home to one of the country’s most powerful families, the Earls Marischal.
It ranks as the coastal destination with the fifth highest rating according to our research, having received a score of 4.79 based on TripAdvisor feedback.
The photogenic nature of Dunnottar Castle means that not only is it an iconic spot for tourists to flock to, but it is also a popular place to wed, since the ruined medieval fortress oozes romance.
In addition to that, the historic appeal of the coastal retreat makes it especially interesting for those that decide to hike through the ruins.
The coastal walk leads up to an impressive war memorial on the summit of Black Hill.
It was deliberately left looking unfinished - as ruined as the lives it commemorates.
The names of eight First World War battles are inscribed around the crown of the structure: Gallipoli, Jutland, Marne, Mons, Somne, Vimy, Ypres and Zeebrugge.
The names of Second World War campaigns and battles were later added around its base.
The path follows round the coastline behind Strathlethan Bay offering views across the sea and of Dunnottar Castle.
The path then leads back inland to the parking area and back towards Stonehaven.
To find out what other walks made the list, visit www.saveonenergy.com/uk/highest-rated-coastal-walks/