Dunnottar Castle & Glen Isla

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Dunnottar from the path

SATURDAY, DAY 2: We got up at 8am & had our 1st Scottish Breakfast! I was excited because today was the day we were seeing DUNNOTTAR CASTLE which is my favorite castle in Scotland! I love the dramatic clifftop setting! It started out misty, foggy and rainy but then cleared up after 30minutes. I had seen the castle in 1999 but only from far away as we were with a tour group & it was only a photo opportunity. I love ruined castles. This was the location for the movie "Hamlet". I love the history as the Scottish Crown Jewels were hidden here & William Wallace had burnt a chapel full of a couple hundred people! We were here a couple of hours exploring the grounds which I slid and almost fell near the sea. I usually average a few falls a trip & since this one was for a month I figured at least 5 whether they be trips, stumbles or falls! lol

We went thru FORFAR  towards KIRRIEMUIR and drove to GLEN ISLA & parked the car & walked to REEKIE LIN WATERFALL which was a pretty little area with paths from the parking lot to it.

not much room between the wall & cliffs!
The weather had cleared up more but was cold. We stopped at a Craft Shop but didn't buy anything. 

We found our hotel for the night which was the GLEN ISLA HOTEL & found out that we were the ONLY GUESTS staying there! That was a little spooky at first. We had gotten ready for  dinner in the hotel's restaurant/pub which was really the only place around. I ate SMOKED SALMON with POTATO SCONES.  It ended up being a Happening place where me met a friendly young couple ( Scott & Laura who also worked there) & their friend, Louise (who had cooked our dinner).  We started talking & hung out with them til the wee hours only to find out we were locked out of the area where our room was! Thank goodness Scott got an extra key & we were then able to get in. lol It was fun!

euphemy says:
Thanks Gentry. :) They are both very historical and beautiful!
Posted on: Sep 13, 2007
gentry591 says:
I vote with Kerry. Have been to both of them twice also. Dunnotttor is exactally like I always thought a castle should look like.
Ok , I agree Urquarht is a close second
Posted on: Sep 11, 2007
Aditu says:
oh wait tied for best... you know my feelings about Urquarht.
Posted on: Sep 27, 2006
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Dunnottar from the path
Dunnottar from the path
not much room between the wall & c…
not much room between the wall & …
walking the path to the castle
walking the path to the castle
the stables & a 2nd smaller tunnel…
the stables & a 2nd smaller tunne…
inside part of the living quarters
inside part of the living quarters
in north range window
in north range window
North Sea below the Castle
North Sea below the Castle
Ceiling in the Hall
Ceiling in the Hall
More scenery around Dunnottar
More scenery around Dunnottar
looking down from the tower
looking down from the tower
Inside the Tower
Inside the Tower
the Crown Jewels were hidden here …
the Crown Jewels were hidden here…
looking at the tower from the beach
looking at the tower from the beach
entrance to the castle
entrance to the castle
it is surrounded on 3 sides by the…
it is surrounded on 3 sides by th…
more scenery
more scenery
Reekie Linn Waterfall near Glen Is…
Reekie Linn Waterfall near Glen I…
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