Dunnottar Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Scotland. Entrance is quite expensive (no student or auld folk discounts), and information points are sparse, but the location of the castle makes up for it.
According to this history, it has been occupied for thousands of years, and became the site of an early Christian settlement. The Vikings then destroyed the castle and later it became a Catholic settlement with a stone chapel that still stands. Cromwell’s army also took the castle.
In 1685, a group of men and women who refused to acknowledge the Stuart King’s supremacy in spiritual matters were imprisoned in the castle. Some eventually took the oath of allegiance and were released. Some of the others who survived the imprisonment were deported to the West Indies.
We called in on the way back from Aberdeen, on Sunday. It was nice when we bumped into Agnes in the courtyard. Haven’t seen her for several years.
Shaun has spent some time coasteering in the rocks around the castle