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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)

Black Hill War Memorial

Stonehaven’s War Memorial stands proudly atop Black Hill and over-looks the harbour and town to the North. Deliberately designed to look like a ruin, symbolic of the tragedy of war and the lives destroyed, it is a striking and unusual monument that we visited as part of the popular clifftop walk from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle (more of which in the next post).

Around the outside of the lintels are the names of some of the most infamous and bloody battles of the First World War: Mons, Jutland, Gallipoli, Zeebrugge, Marne, Vimy, Ypres and the Somme. It seems fitting, as the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme was commemorated only a few days ago, on 1st July 2016, that these images serve as my own tribute to the fallen of the Great War:

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

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