Dunnottar Castle is an iconic landmark in the north east of Scotland. A striking and prominent vision on the cliffs at Stonehaven, the ruins are a popular attraction to tourists and local photographers. We'd planned to visit Dunnottar for our C date but the weather put a stop to that. Due to it's cliff top location, the castle closes to the public in high winds and rain - check their website before you go!
On the rare occasion that the weather does hold out in Aberdeenshire, we do our best to get out and make the most of it. Last weekend we took the chance to finally see the medieval fortress in all its glory! We parked at Stonehaven harbour and made our way up the hill, overlooking the bay as we climbed the path past the war memorial and along the cliffs.
It's not a bad walk at all - the path is fairly easy to follow and takes less than an hour to get there, but definitely wear trainers or walking boots! Steep steps lead down and across to the castle entrance. A lot of people don't realise you can actually go in and explore the ruins. It'll cost you £7 for the pleasure, which isn't that bad in my opinion.
The views of the North Sea from the castle windows are unrivalled - I've never seen it look so blue! You can wander in and around the various buildings including the stables, the chapel and the tower. Dunnottar is steeped in history with tales of Viking invasions and smuggled crown jewels. Even William Wallace paid a visit... and burned it to the ground. I'm currently addicted to the Outlander TV series. Not only is it fueling my love for Scotland, it's beauty and hidden treasures, but it's also done a lot for my understanding of our history!
Yet another incredible Scottish castle ticked off. If you ever find yourself in this part of the world, make sure you head for the cliffs!