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Around the World: Dunnottar Castle

One of the landmarks I wanted to see in Scotland was Dunnottar Castle. I was very fascinated by this ruined castle and so was deeply disappointed when, arriving to the site, it was one of those rainy days in which you not only can't see anything, but it was also very dangerous to walk. With deeply regret, I adventured out of the car, to the beginning of the path, and took one or two pics, and then continued my trip toward Aberdeen. But the morning after it was a good day and, even if it was out of our path, I came back to this site and finally can take my tour to this castle.

 
by Elisa, Scotland, 2004



It was midmorning, and as you can see the sun it was not yet full out, and there are still those rainy clouds and the sea had that storning color on it... but all in I liked even bettwer all those pink and gray mixed color.

Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a precipitous rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about two miles (3 km) south of Stonehaven. Its surviving buildings are largely of the 15th-16th centuries, but an important fortress certainly existed on this site from Dark Age times. Dunnottar played an important role in the history of Scotland from the Middle Ages through to the Enlightenment, due to its strategic location overlooking the shipping lanes to northern Scotland and also being situated on a fairly narrow coastal terrace that controlled land movements, particularly the land access to the ancient Causey Mounth, the only medieval route from the coastal south via Portlethen Moss to Aberdeen. The site, now owned by private interests but open to the public, is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists annually.

The ruins of the castle are spread over a three acre area virtually surrounded by sheer cliffs which drop to the North Sea 50 metres below. This L plan castle is accessed via a narrow strip of land joining the mainland and a steep path leading up to the massive gatehouse. The cliffs and headland formations which extend miles to the north and south are home to tens of thousands of pelagic birds, making this stretch of Scottish coast a notable bird sanctuary of northern Europe from the standpoint of total bird populations and diversity of species. Portions of the 1990 film Hamlet starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close were shot there. An episode of The US Television show The Amazing Race featured Dunnottar Castle. (From Wikipedia)
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