Spellbound…with Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven (the third of four parts.)  Located in the County of Aberdeen, along the rocky landscape of Scotland’s northeastern coast sits the gorgeous Dunnottar Castle.

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.” ― Bram Stoker

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Haunting and imposing, the medieval structure is the highlight of the barren area.

© David-Kevin Bryant

The importance of the castle and the surrounding buildings, which date back to the 14th century, cannot be overstated.  It’s location was strategically crucial to Scotland and during its long history it is where the country’s crown jewels were hidden.

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You will need to bring a comfortable pair of hiking shoes.  The walk from the gatehouse at the entrance to the castle is very hilly at the beginning and quite steep later on.  Many of the paths are quite narrow and within the buildings, small and uneven stairs wind at steep angles.  Layered clothing is important, too, as the weather can range from chilly to cold and the wind cuts like a surgical knife on bare skin.

© David-Kevin Bryant

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