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#96330 - 06/28/19 02:15 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are now going to leave Dunnottar Woods and head to the iconic Dunnottar Castle and coastal path back to Stonehaven...

Heading out of the woods


This road was the former main route south from Aberdeen which passed through Stonehaven


Playing a lot of competitive sport in my younger days we we be on this road nearly every second weekend, travelling to Glasgow and Edinburgh. This building has always been there and it may have been something to do with a water system


We head up a tarred track


and are granted great views of the countryside


The war memorial above Stonehaven


We pass farms on the way to the castle




The cow whisperer


We can now see the sea so the castle is not far


Dunnottar Castle and a wet lunch...
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#96331 - 06/29/19 03:11 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Ahead we can see the ruins of Dunnottar Castle...

Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the northeastern coast of Scotland, about 2 miles south of Stonehaven. 


It is a popular spot for tourists


Looking east to the castle


A great view of castle


The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries


The bay to the north of the castle


The path goes down a long way






One of my favourite views


For more information on the history of the castle please refer to https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunnottar_Castle

Oh no! 🙁 ...
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#96332 - 06/30/19 03:49 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Then it happened....

The heavens opened and down came the rain


It was torrential at times
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But fortunately short-lived


The view to the north


Looking back to the castle


It was time to take the coastal path back to Stonehaven






I hope you had a great week and a restful weekend. Have you been affected by the European heatwave? Here in the north east of Scotland it had been warm but not much more than 20 deg C.
Last night we had torrential rain, thunder and lightening - the first for a long, long time. The storm lasted for a couple if hours.
Today is warm with blue skies.

The Sunday Snaps from the BBC can be found here... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48758360

Epic!...
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#96333 - 07/01/19 02:22 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The view of the castle from the coastal path was epic. Just look at these...









A farm to the west if the path


Looking north towards Stonehaven


The step cliffs and bay








A last look at the castle...
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#96334 - 07/02/19 02:29 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are approaching the war memorial on the coast above Stonehaven


As we do so, looking back gives us a final views of Dunnottar Castle in the distance







The bay below








Our next stop


On our way to the memorial...
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#96335 - 07/03/19 02:10 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are leaving Dunnottar Castle behind us


and heading along the coastal path


to the war memorial


There is some great scenery on the way









Stonehaven's war memorial is rather different from those we normally see, and rather larger, and stands on the top of Black Hill overlooking the town from the south.



It commands excellent views




Buzzed by a buzzard...
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#96336 - 07/04/19 02:29 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are at the war memorial above Stonehaven...

We need to climb up there


But the vies are worth it


A buzzard circles overhead


Looking down to one of the bays


The thick gorse on the hillside


The castle on the horizon






The coastal road in the distance with the town of Stonehaven behind





The climb was worth it...
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#96337 - 07/05/19 12:42 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The climb up to the war memorial above Stonehaven was worth it. It is an impressive structure





The names of eight First World War battles are inscribed around the crown of the structure: Gallipoli, Jutland, Marne, Mons, Somne, Vimy, Ypres and Zeebrugge


The names of Second World War campaigns and battles were later added around its base. Steps and a gate lead into the heart of the memorial, and here you find a centrally placed triangular stone on which are inscribed the names of those from Stonehaven,who fell during the First World War. 





The memorial was designed by local architect John Ellis, and unveiled on Sunday 20 May 1923. 





Sources describe it as "round", though it is actually octagonal in shape. The structure has something of the appearance of an ancient ruin. This was deliberate, and meant to signify the many shortened and ruined lives caused by the conflict.


Classic view of the harbour from high up...
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#96338 - 07/06/19 03:32 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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On the final leg of our walk we are blessed with incredible views of Stonehaven and its harbour











But the heavens opened again and heavy rain came down


Fortunately we've not too far to go




So that's it for this trip out in the van. I hope it has encouraged you to visit Stonhaven, Dunnottar Woods and Dunnottar Castle.

Although there was no time to go into the castle on this occassion, I have been in there and posted the photos on the forum.
If you would like to see my posts on the interior of Dunnottar Castle then you can view them here www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=93826#Post93826

Summer Road trip....
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#96339 - 07/07/19 04:22 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope you have had a good week and a restful weekend. In off on a road trip. I'm heading south for the summer. First stop will be St Cyrus near Montrose, then North Berwick which is south east of Edinburgh. Following that I'm off down to the Lake District before heading back to Aberdeen and then on to Forres and Buckie.

St Cyrus
First we are heading to the nature reserve at St Cyrus.

We are heading down to the sea and the coastal nature reserve of St Cyrus


Road bridge and railway bridge


The visitor centre






Let's pop in to the centre


There is lots of useful information


The view from outside the centre


The trail has lots of information points


A bridge, said to be built by the Gurkhas in 1985 takes us over marshland


Some of the places I'll be parked up in the van will probably have a limited phone signal but I'll still post daily. If my early morning post is not there by the usual time it just means that I can't get a data signal at that time so check back later in the day.


This week's Sunday Snaps can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48869606

On the beach...
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