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Dunnotar Castle

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HISTORY

This incredible and evocative cliff-top fortress was home to the Earls Marischal, once one of Scotland's most powerful families. Built in a dominant position over the sea, on top of a cliff, its current structure dates back to the 13th century. It is known, however, that there was an older castle on the same site, built by tribes in Caledonia around the year 84. It played a key role in the history of Scotland, in the Middle Ages, due to its strategic location, allowing an accurate surveillance circulation of ships on that coast, as well as land movements.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

Full of history, these romantic ruins are a photographer's paradise and a dream for those looking for a truly stunning place. The ruins of this beautiful castle appear to have come out of a fantasy book. Cold winds and distant locations from the approaching castle will mesmerize your senses. Beautiful ruins and a lush green lawn. The lights of sunrise and sunset or sudden climatic changes give strong emotions, none of which can be transmitted through a photo. Very impressive.

CURIOSITIES

Several historical personalities were there, including Mary, Queen of Scots and William Wallace. It was already invaded by Vikings in the 9th century, and used as a hiding place for the Coronation Jewels in the 17th century. It was used as inspiration for Merida's castle, from the movie Brave (Brave), in the filming of Hamlet, with Mel Gibson and Glenn Close in the early 90s, and, more recently, in the movie Victor Frankenstein.

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