The Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky cliff on the north-east coast of Scotland, about two miles south of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. It is a truly stunning setting. Dunnottar has played a prominent role in history because of its strategic location and defensive strength. It is best known as the place where the Scottish crown jewels were hidden from Cromwell’s invading army in the 17th century.
The castle was restored in the 20th century and is now open to the public.
The ruins of the castle are spread over 3 plus acres, surrounded by steep cliffs that drop to the North Sea 50 meters below. A narrow stretch of land joins the cliffs to the shore. It is a great place to hike and explore, but be careful on your trek. Watch your footing as you explore. We used some inexpensive walking sticks on our hike around the castle. They were helpful along the crooked paths and rocky terrain. It is a gorgeous site to see. Don’t miss.