Dunnottar Castle

Two miles south of Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle enjoys a dramatic location atop a mighty clifftop jutting out into the North Sea. However, despite its seemingly impregnable location, Dunnottar has suffered a particularly bloody history in its thousand or so years of existence. In 1297 William Wallace sacked the castle, burning alive the English garrison in the process and in 1685, 122 men and 45 women were imprisoned and tortured for their support of the Covenanter cause:

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

27 Responses to “Dunnottar Castle”

  1. Sreejith Nair

    Beautiful landscape images 🙂

    Composing images with people, really gives us an idea about the scale…

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day ahead 🙂

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Sreejith, it used to bother me when people got in the way of my shot, but now I try and use it to my advantage 😊

      • Sreejith Nair

        I too followed the same path, Mark 🙂

        Once I started including people in my frames, the kind of appreciation that I received was really a confidence booster 🙂

        Learning quite a lot from this beautiful forum 🙂

  2. Chillbrook

    Hmm, William Wallace. I lived a stones throw from the Wallace Monument when I studied in Stirling. He was quite the Scottish hero but not terribly merciful in his battles with the English. Wonderful photographs Mark.

  3. Laura (PA Pict)

    Great photos. You’ve really captured the drama of the ruin on that rocky promontory. I used to love visiting Dunnottar Castle as a kid. We loved scrambling around the ruins and especially the dungeons.

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Laura, yes it’s a great place to explore and a lovely walk along the cliffs from Stonehaven and then back through Dunnottar woods for ice-cream by the harbour 😊

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Jane, one of the prime reasons for choosing Stonehaven as our base for two weeks was its proximity to this castle……somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit.

    • Mark Simms

      There is no doubting that Jane, and you really get a sense of it when you visit. It’s a dramatic and romantic spot, but the weight of history lies heavy on that place and it’s kind of overbearing.

  4. Joycelin

    These are gorgeous shots. I love the lush greens all around the castle.

  5. Noeline Smith

    What a fabulous castle and a really good selection of varied images – for a small island Scotland is a long way away!

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Noeline. It’s not too far for us…..we could drive to the border in about 2 hours. About 6 hours to Aberdeen…..7-ish with a couple of stops.


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