The last few weeks have been spent exploring Stonehaven and this week, we are at the War Memorial which is just on the outskirts of the town as you head South. The memorial stands on the top of Black Hill and was designed by a local architect named John Ellis. It was built in 1923, making it one of the later memorials to be built. Octagonal in shape and almost looking like a ruin, it was built like this for a reason as it signified the ruined lives caused by the conflict.
The day that we visited, we parked the car in the layby on quite a sharp bend on the coastal road. You cannot drive up from the Stonehaven side to the memorial but you can access it from the Dunnottar Castle side. We walked up to the top of the hill by the path. As you get closer to it, you get a feeling of how big it actually is! As you can see from the picture, we had a super day when we visited – the sun was shining and we got a truly wonderful view from the top, not only looking down on the harbour and Stonehaven but also of the surrounding landscape.
We took out our drinks, had a cup of tea at the top and admired the view, capturing some photographs before we left and headed back down the hill to the car!