Scotland: A Stonehaven Castle

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Dunnottar Castle Self-Portrait

If this castle makes you think of Hamlet, you’re right: parts of the 1990 film starring Mel Gibson were filmed here, at Dunnottar Castle, just south of Stonehaven on Scotland’s northeast coast. And the Gibson connection doesn’t end there: in 1297 William Wallace, portrayed by crazy ol’ Mel in the bloody blockbuster Braveheart, recaptured the castle from the English during the wars for Scottish independence and after locking several hundred soldiers in the castle’s church, burned everybody inside alive. Dark history here, as with all castles, but the ruins are beautiful.

Entering Dunnottar

Entering Dunnottar. The castle is surrounded by cliffs on three sides, with the fourth guarded by a steep approach and a formidable entryway.

Inside the Compound

Inside the Compound

Nik at Dunnottar

Nik at Dunnottar

Ruins

Seaside Ruins

View from a Tower

View from a Tower

Blacksmith's Arch

Blacksmith’s Arch. Amazing it’s still standing!

The Church. Not the one burned by Wallace. That one is long gone.

The Church. Not the one burned by Wallace. That one is long gone.

Courtyard Well

Courtyard Well

Inscription in Granite

Inscription & Lichen

Castle Prison

Castle Prison

View from the Prison

View from the Prison

Walking the Headlands

Walking the Headlands

Dunnottar Panorama (click to enlarge)

Dunnottar Panorama (click to enlarge)

For more on Dunnottar’s long and dark history click here. Love castles? Me too! Check out my previous post from Germany: Castles in the Rain.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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8 Responses to Scotland: A Stonehaven Castle

  1. beachman says:

    really cool Mary, how did they build on so steep grades? Just love the green everywhere…

  2. It also looks very “Mist of Avalon” (Marion Zimmer Bradley) even though it’s in Scotland. What a beautiful and thought provoking photo 🙂

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  4. dyahpamela86 says:

    Wow,, amazing. Good capture :’)

  5. Absolutely amazing place. Thanks for sharing the photos so the rest of us out there can experience it as well 🙂

  6. furrygnome says:

    I love that last picture! So many links to Scottish history here, along with the great scenery.

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  8. Carrie says:

    What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it with us. And… where did you get those very cool shoes?!

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