I love going on holiday abroad, but I equally love going on a mini break within the UK too. Since I moved here in Scotland 8 years ago, I have never been to the northernmost part of the country where the most beautiful spots like Dunnottar Castle lies. The farthest I’ve been was Aberdeen, while my husbands’ was Inverness, not too bad I suppose!
Having two weeks off work in August made ourselves open to opportunities to do things together as a family. We initially thought of going camping to make use of our old camping stuff which sat in the loft collecting dust but the usual unpredictable Scottish summer weather puts us straight off. I couldn’t imagine sleeping in the tent with the kids when the temperature suddenly drops which can be a possibility of course. So at the last minute, we finally decided to book in for a caravan instead for a few days up north and do some Scottish Highlands adventure.
Monday morning when we were all geared up for our Scottish Highlands holiday. We filled the car with all our stuff and we were then ready to go. Left home around 8am, popped by a restaurant for a buffet breakfast before we finally hit the road.
Our first stop was this dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress called Dunnottar Castle. It was the home of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in Scotland. Located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of Stonehaven.
The all needed break from driving made us stopped by at this place. So we parked our car, no parking fee cost which is a bonus although parking area was rather small and really busy. The Castle grounds holds a magnificent view which is truly impressive. Accessing the Castle involved walking down a narrow strip of land which joins the headland to the mainland, along which a steep path leads up to the gatehouse. As soon as we reached the Castle kiosk, we bought a Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for £17.00 which seemed reasonable.
You’ll definitely be captured by the history, structure, the story behind every rooms and the view itself upon entering the Castle. We took a lot of photos whilst inside and here are some of those:
Dunnottar Castle commands some breathtaking views as it is situated right on the Stonehaven coast on a flat topped rock within the Mearns region. It is 160 feet above sea level. Even if you don’t go inside the Castle itself, you can still enjoy its beautiful surroundings.
Here’s more pictures taken:
We spent good two hours exploring Dunnottar Castle. We were glad we did because it was all worth the visit, despite of how strenuous it can be walking back up to the car park again. The spectacular views has truly made a memorable start of our adventure.
We then continued our road trip towards Grannie’s Heilan Hame in Dornoch where we’re booked in for 4 nights. Stopped by a restaurant and had our early dinner around 4:00pm before we proceeded. Arrived at the Caravan park around 4:30pm which was perfect for the check-in time. Unloaded our stuff in the caravan, roamed around the park and the beach across our balcony. It was definitely a long day, so we settled in for the night a bit early as we were tired apart from the kids who had countless naps in the car during the journey. That was our Day 1 completed.
I’ll be talking more of our Scottish Highland adventure on my upcoming posts. Watch this space!
Have you been to Dunnottar Castle? If not, will you consider visiting the place in the future?
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