Thursday, 24 March 2011

Dunnottar - the castle

The ruins of the castle are spread over 3 acres, surrounded with steep cliffs that drop to the North Sea.
The site is believed to have been an early fortress of the Dark Ages, although the surviving buildings are largely 15th - 16th centuries.

One of the two entrance to the castle....
A well-defended main gate set in the cleft in the rock.

In 1651 during the Britain's Civil War, the Honours of Scotland - sword, sceptre and crown -
were smuggled out of Edinburgh and hidden in Dunnottar, as Cromwell was intent on destroying every symbol of kingship.

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