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Dunnottar Castle is that unforgettable experience of Scotland and brings to live the movie ‘Brave’. This is dramatic and evocative ruin of a fortress set on a cliff top on its own peninsula in Scotland!
Walk around the extensive buildings and explore the the keep through the barracks, lodgings, stables and storehouses to the less-ruinous chapel and drawing room. Here you’ll discover the importance of Dunnottar, an impregnable Castle that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.
William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II, all graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction. Crown, sceptre and sword now take pride of place in Edinburgh Castle.
A darker chapter in the history of Dunnottar is that of the ‘Whig’s Vault’. The gruesome story of the imprisonment in 1685 of a group of Covenanters who refused to acknowledge the King’s supremacy in spiritual matters.
The Castle was the home of the Earls Marischal once one of the most powerful families in the land. The last Earl was convicted of treason for his part in the Jacobite rising of 1715, and as a result his estates, including Dunnottar, were seized by the government.
The buildings were thereafter much neglected until 1925 when the 1st Viscountess Cowdray embarked on a systematic repair of the Castle. The Castle was officially made open to visitors thereafter.
For opening hours and entrance fees click here.
Dunnottar Castle 7-day Weather Forecast
Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures falling to 11°C on Thursday.Mostly cloudy throughout the day.Today's Forecast
10->1489% 65% 7 mph
7:53 am 5:55 pmLight rain in the morning.Saturday, Oct 21st
10->1392% 75% 17 mph
7:55 am 5:53 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Sunday, Oct 22nd
11->1377% 80% 14 mph
7:58 am 5:50 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Monday, Oct 23rd
9->1260% 53% 6 mph
8:00 am 5:48 pmMostly cloudy until evening and windy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.Tuesday, Oct 24th
9->1355% 52% 14 mph
8:02 am 5:45 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Wednesday, Oct 25th
8->1226% 57% 8 mph
8:04 am 5:43 pmOvercast throughout the day.Thursday, Oct 26th
10->1159% 96% 10 mph
8:06 am 5:40 pmRain in the morning.Friday, Oct 27th
10->1367% 94% 11 mph
8:09 am 5:38 pm
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