THE PICTISH FORTRESS
The Dunnottar Castle is the dramatic,romantic,historically prominent ruined castle which is balanced upon an enormous mountain at the edge of the North Sea.It has a striking architecture which stands upon three cliffs.This castle was formerly known as Pictish Fortress.
Dunnottar Castle is a fabulous castle of all the ruined ones which is located on a gigantic rocky mountain which is almost detached from the mainland.It is to the south of Aberdeen of 20 miles and 112 miles north of Edinburgh.It extends southwards from the Stonehaven harbor.It is one of the Scotland’s most popular place.There is a Car park where you can leave the car and walk to the Castle,but a flight of steep steps means disabled access is not easy.The ruins are spread over three acres,surrounded by sheer cliffs with a 50 meter drop to the North Sea below.
There are many historic statements and many secrets of Scotland’s colorful past believed for this ruined castle but the oldest record is that from the 5th century,a church was established on the Rock of Dunnottar by a Celtic saint.This is the oldest Christian site in Pictland which spread Christianity throughout the north.The church known as Ninian’s church is a simple timber built structure.The Christian Center here grew and was incorporated into a Pictish fort and later on in the 9th century,King Donald II defended the fort but was killed and the opponent king rebuilt with earth and timber.In 1276, the new stone church in Norman style was made as worship on the Ninian’s chapel.The Castle is now run by the National Trust for Scotland and attracts over 40,000 visitors every year.
This part of invasions went on and on until in 1595 ,John Crichton was death sentenced and the 7th Earl who came from a powerful family refused to treat with his former Montrose and Montrose burned the castle and laid waste to the entire region.
The famous part of the Dunnottar Castle is that a small garrisonwas held by Cromwell’s army for 8 months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels,which was the ‘Honours of Scotland’ from the desturction.
The name Dunnottar is known as the fort slope as the fort is on a slope.This site is a natural and defensive location.This castle was used as aprison to hold both male and female and when the castle is ruined some died and the rest were sent to the slave plantations in West Indies.The castle suffered many changes in its infrastructure due to the ownership vary.Since 1925.This castle is in the hands of Pearson/Viscount Cowdray family and is open to visitors.
Dunnottar Castle is ranked as one of the Scotland’s top castle with a great history and prominence to the members of Clan Keith.There are also amazing coastal views in appropriate climatic conditions.The walk to the castle is slightly dangerous as it involves steep steps but there are amazing viewpoints and we can view the ruins and there are some information boards relating the history of the Dunnottar Castle.The path to the castle is a narrow alley way which is surprising that many invasions occurred there.The remaining ruin is a large area which is built right to the edges of the clifftops.We can also view a small chamber known as “Whig’s Vault” in the castle where 167 Covenanters were imprisoned as thery refused to obey the King’s orders in some spiritual matters for several months without food and sanitation which is still an weird place.As we reach the top there is the first view of the castle ruins along the coast.Upon diverting ,there lies an war memorial on the summit of Black Hill which is left unfinished due to the massive damage.
As we reach the coastline,there are several views of the cliffs,arches and also a beautiful sight of the home of thousands of sea birds.One of the best view of this castle is at the top of the steps near the main route to the castle.Dunnottar Castle was recently awarded a Cerificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor due to which it was placed in the top ten percent of all businesses worldwide in the travel website.The castle will now be kept into a global competition to find the Eighth Wonder of the World.We can also get amazing views of the beach and the windy climate is just fantastic.The beach is a perfect place for exploring attractive pebbles who wish to collect them.The Dunnottar Castle is a great combination of its appearance and its historical importance which is attracting the tourists worldwide to Scotland on a vacation.
Although it’s not impossible to reach the castle by public transport,it’ll be a challenge,and your best part is to drive to the castle. It’s barely 20 km from Aberdeen.With many attractions and cheap accommodations,Dunnottar Castle is an ideal travel destination.Special Dunnottar Castle hotel deals and great Dunnottar Castle hotel offers are available.Find a budget Dunnottar Castle hotel room in advance or book at the last minute,and then have some fun all togehter.