About Stonehaven

Few towns in Scotland have a more stunning setting than Stonehaven. Famous for its New Year’s Eve Fireball Ceremony, dramatic Dunnottar Castle and picturesque harbour, our rugged coastline and town is perfect for exploring and truly is a coastal gem. 


Take a stroll along the pebble beach and boardwalk and take in the picturesque harbour. Venture further north to the Highland Boundary Fault Line or south along the cliffs past the Black Hill War Memorial and onto the stunning Dunnottar Castle on its craggy outcrop. Have a woodland walk in the gorgeous Dunnottar woods and discover the Shell Hoosie and Lady Kennedy’s Bath. In the summer months take a dip in the one-of-a-kind heated Art Deco outdoor swimming pool. Indulge in a round of golf on the cliff-top 18 hole course at the Stonehaven Golf Club.


Stonehaven is home to some exceptional locally owned and run food and drink establishments. Try out one of the many cosy cafes, award-winning fish and chips or pubs.  

We also have many independent boutique shops selling food, clothes and gifts


Stonehaven has some superb annual events for you to experience.

  • Our Feein’ Market brings the whole town together in the Market Square with stalls, fund raisers and traditional Scottish Dancing displays.
  • The Stonehaven Folk Festival attracts visitors and performers from around the world to enjoy the music and laughter in many a pub.
  • We celebrate our town’s famous son, RW Thompson (inventor of the pneumatic tyre) with a Vintage Car Rally each summer.  
  • The Beer Festival is one of Scotland’s largest. Held over 3 days you can sample more than 120 different beers, listen to live music and soak up the atmosphere.
  • The spectacularly unique Hogmanay Fireball Ceremony sees fireball swingers parade up and down the High Street in the historic old town to welcome in the New Year at midnight and culminates in a stunning firework display over the Harbour. 

Easily accessible by rail or road and only a half hour car trip from Aberdeen International Airport, Stonehaven is the perfect place to visit be it for the day or a longer holiday. Come, explore and make memories – we guarantee you’ll fall in love with it too! 

Stonehaven Harbour in Summer