Dunnottar Castle

Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by the Rough Guide. I agree with that sentiment. New Zealand has more striking landscapes but Scotland has history and culture and it’s also safe – no earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, cyclones, or dangerous animals.

My mother is visiting and yesterday we went to Dunnottar Castle which is 20 minutes down the road from here. I have been lots of times but I never tire of the place. It’s a medieval fortress perched on top of a sheer cliff. There’s some fascinating history in this castle. The Honours of Scotland, the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles, were hidden in the castle during an eight-month siege in 1652 when Oliver Cromwell’s army was battering the fortress with cannons. When the Scots eventually surrendered the jewels were no-where to be found, having been smuggled out of the castle. I believe they are now held at Edinburgh Castle.

There’s more fascinating history on the Dunnottar Castle site.

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9 Replies to “Dunnottar Castle”

    1. Easy, it’s not far from the main road. It would only be difficult if there was lots of snow and ice or a massive easterly storm.

    2. Yes, very easy to get to. It’s only 20 minutes by car from Aberdeen and there’s a carpark a very short walk away. It’s definitely doable in winter but if it’s icy you would need to need to take care on the stone steps. There are a lot of steps.

      1. Ahhh true the hike there in winter could potentially be a little dangerous…hmm I’ll keep it on my list!! Xx

      2. We don’t get much winter these days, so it’s easy enough to pick a time to go. Scotland isn’t covered in snow and ice for four months of the year.

  1. My husband and I visited Dunnottar on our most recent trip last March. It was truly spectacular. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw when we got to the end of that first path.

    1. It’s an amazing view, I agree. It’s not just the ruin that’s perched on top of a sheer cliff, it’s that the cliff is an island.

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