Visit Scotland with me and use me as your Inverness Scotland travel guide. After touring Inverness, visit Loch Ness and try to find the monster. Walk amongst the moors of Culloden Battlefield, the site of the 1746 siege between Jacobite forces and the English redcoats.
Having left the city of Edinburgh–sadly without my hat–I got on board the train to Stonehaven, Scotland. I am on my way to one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, which lies on a precarious cliff outside the tiny village.
Not long after getting off the Edinburgh train, I learned that the castle was a fair ways outside Stonehaven. The ticket agent at the train station ordered me a taxi cab who then proceeded to rip me off with his fare.
Eight pounds both ways to get to a castle less than 10 minutes away. However, he gave me a tour of the town on the way back. He assured me the detour was just to show off his home town and not to increase the fare. He was correct and the village was beautiful.
Dunnottar Castle lies on the cliffside high above the tumultous ocean. Before the fortress was destroyed by Jacobite forces, it witnessed the likes of William Wallace and Oliver Cromwell’s eight month siege as he tried to regain the Honours of Scotland. What a storied history, indeed.
More of my travel photographs from majestic Dunnottar Castle
In order to get to the castle, travellers descend a long steep set of stairs and then you climb up another staircase as the main keep lies on the crag. Today the castle is beautifully situated, but in the 16th century, it must have been easy to defend, but also simple to siege as well.
It was hard to climb the stairs to the castle with my backpacks on, but it was definitely well worth the long haul. I paid my entrance fee and spent as long as I could at the castle. In fact I peered out of every tower and ascended every winding staircase that I could.