Day 1: Dunnottar Castle – Our Scottish Highlands Adventure

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.

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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.

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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:

I love how Reimer comfortably sat on the Castle's Kitchen hatch
I love how Reimer comfortably sat on the Castle’s Kitchen hatch
I don't know if sitting on these seats are allowed but they have done it though when nobody was around.
Beautifully restored Drawing room in order to commemorate the Battle for the Honours of Scotland which took place in Dunnottar in 1650.
I love this photo of them sat near the window overlooking the stunning views outside.
I love this photo of them sat near the window overlooking the stunning views outside.
She was looking a little scared here knowing her Dad plays a lot of tricks on them. I also love this photo of Dad and Ruby.
She was looking a little scared here, but it’s well captured photo of Daddy and Ruby.
Kids will always remain playful wherever they are. One good example is this shot as they tried to climb this old ruined staircase of the Castle.
Kids always remain playful wherever they are.  One good example is this shot as they tried to climb this old ruined staircase of the Castle.
It was known that Earl Marischal had a lion’s den where he kept his pet lion.
This is Earl Marischal’s lion’s den where he kept his pet lion.

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:

Stonehaven coast where the Castle lies.
The remarkable Stonehaven coast where the Castle stands.
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Candid photo of the 3 of us.

 

I love how Reimer just grabbed Ruby and cuddled her when I was about to take the shot.
Reimer was so sweet that he just grabbed Ruby and cuddled her when I was about to take the shot.
Taking a family photo is always a struggle, most of the time one or two is not looking at the camera. This one is a good example of it. Love the background though.
Taking a family photo is always a struggle, most of the time one or two is not looking at the camera.  This one is a good example of it.  Love the background though.

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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40 thoughts on “Day 1: Dunnottar Castle – Our Scottish Highlands Adventure

  • Looks like a great day out, and beautiful photos to show and serve as memories. I haven’t been to this castle, though I have travelled to a few beautiful places in Scotland. Hope you trip away continued to be lots of fun.
    Amada. #kcacols

    • ReimerandRuby

      We visited a lot of places which are really beautiful, I will be posting soon on my blog. Thank you.

  • Wow Dunnotatar Castle is absolutely stunning! I love how it looks just on the edge of the hilltop and such a wonderful place to visit with the family. I love your photos and sounds like a fab day. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday xx

  • I live in Scotland too and the weather is the major downside to travelling around, just the other day we went to the beach in the rain! Dunnotar castle looks lovely, I’ve never been so must make a visit. Lots of great photos from your visit too. #kcacols

    • ReimerandRuby

      Scottish weather is just unpredictable, isn’t it? So yeah that’s why we went for the Caravan instead of going camping. You should visit the Castle one day, it’s amazing. Thank you.

  • Loved reading this as I am just back from a holiday in Perthshire. Scotland is such a beautiful country with so many amazing castles and landscapes, we loved it. #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      Totally agree, Scotland has some beautiful castles and landscape. It’s great to know you loved it. Thank you.

  • As an American who has never been overseas, I really hope one day I get to see Scotland! It’s one of my favorite places that I hope to visit one day. Just the history alone… I’m a history buff so Scotland is definitely on my bucket list of places to see! From the pictures it looks incredible and absolutely beautiful! #bigpinklink

    • ReimerandRuby

      I love to visit other states of America too… And yes, you won’t fail to be amazed with the beauty of the Castles and landscapes here in Scotland. Thank you.

  • Looks amazing. I’d love to explore more of Scotland, I’ve only recently been for the first time (to Edinburgh) x #bigpinklink

    • ReimerandRuby

      There’s more amazing and magnificent places in Scotland especially on the highlands, the landscapes just stuns me. Thank you.

  • Wow that looks amazing! What beautiful scenery!! Glad you had a great time. #mg

  • What a lovely place to have a vacation! Scotland is definitely on our bucket list, but it will have to wait for quite some time as we live across the pond in Canada! Looks like your family has a great time.
    #KCACOLS
    Tori @ The Mama Nurse

    • ReimerandRuby

      I love to visit Canada as well, maybe in the future, but it’s also in our bucket list. Thank you.

  • Wow, the pictures are stunning. I love visiting castles. So much history and I can’t imagine that Earl had a pet lion? I can just imagine the stories behind those pictures. Sounds like a great start to your holiday. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    • ReimerandRuby

      I can’t imagine it either, but the lion was only short-lived as it’s roaring disturbed the Countess at night time. But yeah, it definitely has a lot of history behind. Thank you.

  • What stunning scenery and gorgeous photos of your family X #pointshoot

  • I love visiting old Castles, there is so much history to absorb #PointShoot

  • Aww such a lovely place to visit. The views are stunning and looks like you had fun! #PointShoot

  • Dunnottar Castle looks amazing like something out of a film! We’re yet to go that far north…#BigPinkLink #Whatevertheweather

  • Great pictures! My British friends visited the Scottish Highlands last spring and their pictures were beautiful! I would love to visit some day!

  • Taking family photos are so tricky aren’t they. The views are absolutely stunning. We hope to visit the UK and Scotland late next year! Can’t wait #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      Wow! that sounds exciting… hope you’ll be enjoying your visit when it comes.

  • What STUNNING photos! I adore Scotland! Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

  • Wow, Dunnotar Castle looks really beautiful! Your photos are gorgeous. Sarah #FabFridayPost

  • Wow such a beautiful place! Stunning pictures! Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

  • I haven’t visited Dunnottar castle since I was at uni (I went to Aberdeen uni), but it was amazing then too. I just love the approach to the castle, it definitely isn’t very accessible if you’re trying to capture it in a siege! I can’t believe how grown up your two lovely children are, especially Ruby, she’s a proper little girl now, not a toddler at all. Beautiful family photos and I’m looking forward to hearing what else you did on holiday (we stayed at Grannies Heilan Home when I was a child too). Thanks so much for sharing in #Whatevertheweather 🙂 xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      They grow so quick, aren’t they? It’s nice to hear you’ve been at Dunnottar Castle, yes, it’s not very accessible but it’s all worth it. Thank you Jenny!

  • Wow! This is such a stunning place! I have never been to Scotland and always jealous of the beautiful photos I’ve seem. One day, one day I would love to come and visit you and your family and this beautiful place. Ruby is getting bigger and she is so so beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      That would be nice Su… give me a shout if you’re up here. Yes she is getting bigger, don’t know if I like it or not, I miss having a baby, lol. Thank you.

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