Staring Out to Sea from Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle on the cliffs

Dunnottar Castle sits high on the cliffs near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. It’s scenic and sprawling and, though peaceful now, it boasts a turbulent history.

drawing room at Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar was attacked by Vikings in the ninth century and captured by William Wallace in 1297. Kings and queens loved to visit: Mary Queen of Scots, James VI, and at one point during my own visit I was standing in the bedroom of Charles II.

Smithy at Dunnottar Castle

There’s beautiful architecture everywhere, such as the old Smithy above. And ghosts! Though I didn’t meet them, there’s a lassie in a green plaid searching for her lost Pictish children, a young deer hound and a Scandinavian military gentleman who likes to stare out to sea.

I’m with him there. The views are astonishing. My eyes were constantly drawn away from the castle ruins to look out over the ocean.

silvery ocean

The elevated position of the castle means you can see across miles and miles of silvery sea. The window below is located in the Whigs’ Vault that held imprisoned Covenanters in 1685.

Ailish Sinclair stares out to sea

I really loved those views!

sea view at Dunnottar Castle

But it’s time to go. It’s time to walk back up the many, many steps that seemed so inconsequential on the way down…

Dunnottar Castle

For more information on the wonderfully atmospheric Dunnottar Castle visit the official site. There will be some more sea staring pictures in the next email to my mailing list ๐Ÿ™‚

Back inland now, I can concentrate on things other than the perfect horizon, and tell you that THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR is out now in paperback and Kindle. Universal link to historical witchcraft accusations, romance, medieval Christmas and the wild Scottish countryside!

I’ve given the book its own, information filled, page here.

And there’s some bookish places I can be followed, if you so wish:

Mermaid blurb

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108 Replies to “Staring Out to Sea from Dunnottar Castle”

  1. What an amazing place. I and my wife (who has never visited the east of Scotland) had the intention this summer to visit some of the places you have described so enticingly but unfortunately one of my โ€˜health episodesโ€™ intervened. Maybe next year.

  2. Love Dunnottar Castle! The Whig’s Vault where the imprisoned Covenanteers were left to rot was overwhelming. I imagined being imprisoned with them. It was something I will never forget. I was there in April, 2005 but didn’t see Charles’ II bedroom. So glad to see a great picture of it. Nice shot!

      1. It certainly is terrible. I did realize or perhaps I have forgotten that this happened during Charles II reign. Can you imagine living above what was taking place below. Whoa!

  3. Love this post Thanks for sharing. By the way. Have you read any of Elizabeth Chadwick’s books. She is an Historian and writes about all the periods in England and their Kings and Queens with a touch of Romance of course, but very well researched. I have read most of her books and can’t put them down. Looking forward to your next post.

  4. Thank you for this, had hoped to visit Dunnottar Castle when I was in Scotland but sadly couldnโ€™t make it. On the list for next time.

          1. Yes, they are. Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts was built to authentic castle specifications (albeit from different eras), while Castle-in-the-Clouds in Moultenborough, New Hampshire was more castle-inspired.

  5. Lovely post, Ailish. Being a largely Scottish girl, I avidly read anything to do with Scotland. My family is part of the Gordon clan in the Huntly area, though my direct ancestor’s estate was in the southwest corner, before he lost it somehow. Thanks for following my blog. I’ll follow yours and order your book. Good luck with it.

  6. Amazing photography and descriptions. You really have the ”eye” for photography. Loved the composition of both your photos and your words. I’d like to see these or other photos with higher image definition. It would be nice.

  7. I lived in Scotland for 3 years. Dunnattar was one of our favorite places to visit. Each stone tells a story. I left my heart in Scotland and trying to get back there for a nice visit

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