Thursday, 24 March 2011

Dunnottar - the setting

Dunnottar Castle - Dùn Fhoithear, "fort on the shelving slope" -
is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about three kilometres south of Stonehaven.
The rock on which Dunnottar Castle stands might have been designed specifically to permit the building of the most impregnable fortress in Scotland.
Sheer cliffs 160ft high almost completely surround a flat area over three acres in size.
The rock itself was once joined by a narrow fin to the mainland, but even this was carved away to ensure access along it was not possible.

Of late, the weather here has been outstanding, albeit a bit blustery.
Being on the cliff, with the nature's own wind machine, overlooking the sea reminded me of Cathy and Heathcliff
- having that loony Kate Bush's song "Wuthering Height" playing in my head didn't help at all.

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