Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Why is the roof torn??

The famous medieval fortress Dunnottar Castle is situated on the coast not far from Stonehaven. Even though its just on ruins now, as Linnea pointed out with her question above, it's still an impressive sight.

The remaining buildings are mainly from the 15th and 16th century, but the site is believed to have been fortified as early as in the Early Middle Ages.
This castle has played an important role in the Scottish history thanks to its strategic location. This was where, in the 17th century, a small garrison held out for eight months against the invasion of the Cromwell army, and thereby saved the Scottish Crown Jewels 'Honours of Scotland', that were then hidden here, from destruction.

You could go and visit the ruins, but since it was so cold we just snapped a few photos of the majestic view, and the piper, and off we went! Brrrr!

1 comment:

Jonathan Collier said...

I feel cold just looking at that! Imagine what it was like in the 15th C! One of our favourite places is Dunstanburgh Castle which has a similar feel. If you have time also head to Alnwick Gardens and the treehouse - amazing day out in Northumberland.