Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic impregable fortress on a rocky promontory 3 miles south of Stonehaven. It boasts a keep, barracks, lodgings, stables, storehouses, chapel and drawing room. The future King Charles II, Sigurd the Mighty, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, and the Marquis of Montrose visited the Castle, though not at the same time.

At Dunnottar in 1651, a small garrison held out against Cromwell’s army for eight months. Mrs Grainger, wife of the minister at Kinneff Kirk - a village south of Dunnottar, smuggled the Scottish Crown Jewels out of the beseiged Castle and hid them at the old Parish Church in Kinneff. The crown, sceptre and sword are nowadays on display in Edinburgh Castle.

A gruesome chapter in the history of Dunnottar Castle concerns the ‘Whig’s Vault’, where a group of Covenanters who refused to acknowledge the King’s supremacy in spiritual matters were imprisoned in 1685.

South of Dunnottar, the RSPB reserve at Fowlesheugh is one of the best places for birds and wildlife in Scotland.
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Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic impregable fortress on a rocky promontory 3 miles south of Stonehaven. It boasts a keep, barracks, lodgings, stables, storehouses, chapel and drawing room. The future King Charles II, Sigurd the Mighty, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, and the Marquis of Montrose visited the Castle, though not at the same time.

At Dunnottar in 1651, a small garrison held out against Cromwell’s army for eight months. Mrs Grainger, wife of the minister at Kinneff Kirk - a village south of Dunnottar, smuggled the Scottish Crown Jewels out of the beseiged Castle and hid them at the old Parish Church in Kinneff. The crown, sceptre and sword are nowadays on display in Edinburgh Castle.

A gruesome chapter in the history of Dunnottar Castle concerns the ‘Whig’s Vault’, where a group of Covenanters who refused to acknowledge the King’s supremacy in spiritual matters were imprisoned in 1685.

South of Dunnottar, the RSPB reserve at Fowlesheugh is one of the best places for birds and wildlife in Scotland.
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