Part of the Rural Scotland series.
Location: Coastal town in Aberdeenshire on the east coast of Scotland.
Getting there: ScotRail services to Stonehaven from Edinburgh/Glasgow/Dundee/Aberdeen Virgin Trains East Coast from London Kings Cross. Town centre is a 15 min walk from the train station. Local buses from across Aberdeenshire.
Walks from Stonehaven: I recommend the Dunnottar Castle walk which spans 11 KM on mostly flat gradient. Unfavourable winds may cause more exertion (Scottish winds are powerful). The walk as well as the castle have slopes & steps & hence not very accessibility friendly. Another walk in the area is the Dunnottar Woods.
Other things to do: There are some nice gift shops (My Beautiful Caravan) in the Town Centre worth checking out. The beach is a good place to relax on a sunny day. Definitely dog friendly, I saw many dogs & their owners on the beach as well as on the castle walk.
Food & Drink:
I had a basic meal at the Tollbooth Seafood restaurant & already planning to come back for a proper full meal based on the 1st impressions. The food is delicious & reasonably priced for fresh seafood. A number of sunbathed seats are available for lunch on a nice day (like the day I visited on).
Google tells me of other nice places to eat as well including some delicious fish & chips which I may try on a future trip.