Today, with warm temperatures and bright sunshine we continued our Castles Tour. We headed north from Glenshee then east to visit a selection of castles in the North East of Scotland.

First stop was the mightly ruin of Dunnottar.  Located on a natural defensive position close to the sea with a military history going back to the 7th century and possibly earlier.  Dunnottar has been at the forefront of Scotland’s wars and battles. Most of the present castle dates from English occupation in the 1330s but it was also an English fleet under Cromwell (1651-52) which caused terminal decline as a function of heavy bombardment. Now a romantic ruin on a superb clifftop  setting next to the North Sea. Here are a couple of video clips of the castle: Video 1  and Video 2

Dunottar Castle, Scotland

Dunottar Castle, N.E.Scotland

Dunottar Castle nr Stonehaven

Dunottar Castle nr Stonehaven, Scotland

Dunottar Castle nr Stonehaven

Dunottar Castle nr Stonehaven, Scotland

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