Dunnottar Castle

I visited this castle with my daughter a year and a half ago. It was her first trip to Scotland and it was a great experience to show her some of the places that really impressed me when I was a kid. I remember scrambling over these ruins as a boy and always loved going there every time we visited my grandmother who used to live in Aberdeen.

As you can see, Dunnottar Castle has an awesome position on top of this rock that sticks out into the sea. Access is via a narrow land bridge. It perhaps no surprise that this castle has played an interesting role in Scottish history. Perhaps the most famous is the event of a small garrison holding out for eight months against the mighty army of Cromwell, saving the Scottish Crown Jewels from destruction. The crown, scepter and sword are now on display in Edinburgh Castle.

William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II, all graced the Castle with their presence at some time in history.

This castle lies near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, north east Scotland.

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