Dunnottar Castle

dunnottarMy son David captured this beautiful picture of the iconic Dunnottar Castle on one of his early morning walks.  Dunnottar is certainly somewhere that I would recommend to visit, especially if you are in or around the area!  The castle is just under 2 miles south of Stonehaven and it is situated upon a rocky headland.  There are many pictures of the castle but this one was taken from the beach looking over to it in the distance.

The castle is full of history and dates back to at least the 3rd century.  The rock that the castle stands on today was actually formed 440 million years ago – fascinating!  The castle covers a total size of 3.5 acres and it sits on the top of a cliff that rises 50 metres high.

The castle is open all year round to the public – tickets are £7.00 for an adult and £3.00 for children although you can get a family pass for £17.00 for 2 adults and 2 children between 5 and 15.  For those that like walking, you can walk out to the castle from Stonehaven, passing the War Memorial and taking in the beautiful scenery along the way.  Once you reach the Memorial, it is about a 15 minute walk along the cliff tops.  Or alternatively, there is a small car park where you can leave your car and walk along the path before climbing up to the castle.  To reach the castle, you do need to be able to climb over 200 steps.

Why not find out more about the history and take in the spectacular views as you do.  Just remember to take your camera!

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