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 5 KM roundtrip 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.