Dunnottar Castle (iv) – Surroundings

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle

Cliffs to south from approach path:-

Cliffs from Path near Dunnottar Castle

Rocks below Dunnottar Castle:-

Dunnottar  Castle rocks

Cliffs to north and sea inlet, from Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven War Memorial on hilltop:-

Cliffs and Sea Inlet from Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven War Memorial on hill:-

War Memorial from Dunnottar Castle Castle

After our visit to Dunnottar Castle we took a footpath which (eventually) leads to Stonehaven. This afforded more views of the northern cliffs:-

Cliff View  from Dunnottar path

And of the Castle looking back:-

Dunnottar Castle, From Path to Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle, from North

Dunnottar Castle view

Northern cliffs again:-

Dunnottar Castle, cliffs, Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle (iii)

Cistern in courtyard. This ensured the castle’s water supply:-

Cistern, Dunnottar Castle

Cistern from upper floor of main building:-

Dunnottar Castle Cistern from Upper Floor

Interior (with windows):-

Interior, Dunnottar Castle

Window seat:-

Dunnottar Castle  windowseat

View from a window:-

Window, Dunnottar Castle,

Sundial and Lintel:-

Dunnottar Castle, Sundial and Lintel

Sundial and coat of arms information board:-

Dunnottar Castle, Sundial and Coat of Arms

Fireplace. Inscribed, “In commemoration of the defence of the honours of Scotland Sep 1651 – Aug 1652 by George Ogilvy of Barras, Governor of Dunnottar and of the help given by his wife Elizabeth Douglas and her kinswoman Anne Lindsay.” Scroll down for the story.

Dunnottar Castle chair + Fireplace

Part of Restored Ceiling (Regi et Regno):-

Part of Restored Ceiling, Dunnottar Castle

Restored ceiling (In Defens):-

Dunnottar Castle  restored ceiling 1

Dunnottar Castle (ii)

Castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Castle Building, Dunnottar Castle,

Small window in above:-

Small Window, Dunnottar Castle

From sea end of site:-

Dunnottar Castle Interior

Courtyard area from outside its wall:-

Dunnottar Castle , Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Remains of chapel:-

Dunnottar Castle Chapel

Interior of chapel:-

Chapel, Dunnottar Castle,

Remains (with arch; garden area in foreground):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Garden area with buildings beyond. (Stonehaven War Memorial on hill in background):-

Dunnottar Castle, Interior Ruins

Buildings (chapel to right):-

Buildings inside Dunnottar Castle

Late afternoon shadows (sea beyond):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle and Sea Beyond

Dunnottar Castle (i)

Dunnottar Castle lies just south of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. We had been meaning to visit there for some time but it wasn’t till January last year we finally made it.

Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

Dunnottar Castle from Approach Path

Dunnottar Castle

As luck would have it we visited the National Gallery of Scotland shortly after and saw this stunning painting of the castle by Waller Hugh Paton:

Dunnottar Castle

As you can see it is perfectly situated from a defensive point of view, as it is perched on a rock poking out into the sea.

Castle entrance:-

Dunnottar Castle  entrance

Pattern in Stones on path leading up to castle:-

Pattern in Stones, Dunnottar Castle,

There’s a small tunnel like construction to go through before you reach the interior and the castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

Stonehaven and Dunnottar War Memorial (i)

Stonehaven War Memorial sits prominently on Black Hill to the south of the town and is also visible from Dunnottar Castle. The winding path from the castle takes you towards Stonehaven and partly up Black Hill from where you can access the Memorial grounds.

View of Memorial from path leading from Dunnittar Castle:-

Stonehaven War Memorial from South

Stonehaven from Stonehaven War Memorial:-

Stonehaven from Stonehaven War Memorial

Memorial from west as seen from the road back to Dunnottar Castle:-

Stonehaven War Memorial from West

An information board says the memorial was deliberately designed to look like a ruin to symbolise the lives cut short by the Great War:-

Information Board, Stonehaven War Memorial

Stonehaven War Memorial from north:-

War Memorial, Stonehaven

The external lintels are inscribed with the names of Great War battles, here Jutland, Mons, Ypres:-

Stonehaven War Memorial

From south, Zeebrugge, Gallipoli, Jutland:-

War Memorial, Stonehaven

From southwest, Marne, Zeebrugge:-

Stonehaven War Memorial

From west, Vimy, Somme, Marne:-

War Memorial, Stonehaven

From northwest, Mons, Ypres:-

War Memorial Stonehaven

An Away Trip

I remember football.

(Just.)

I remember away games.

(Dimly.)

The reason for our visit up north via Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven and finally Aberdeen last January was for one such away game; Sons’ 4th Round Scottish Cup tie at Pittodrie on 18/1/20.

Ticket to Aberdeen - Dumbarton Scottish Cup Tie, January 2020

Before the game we met up with my younger son and his wife, who were making a day of it, in a pub in Aberdeen city centre for some lunch. The pub had also attracted other Sons fans:-

Dumbarton F C Fans in Aberdeen Pub

They don’t half make a fuss before a game at Pittodrie.

Razzmattazz prior to Scottish Cup tie, Aberdeen v Dumbarton, 18/1/20:-

Razzmattazz at Pittodrie, 18/1/20

More Razzmattazz, Pittodrie, 18/1/20

Teams coming out:-

Dumbarton F C at Pittodrie, 18/1/20

Sons players:-

Pittodrie, 18/1/20, Dumbarton F C Before Game

Teams line up, Pittodrie, 18/1/20

Apart from the result it was a good day out.

I wonder when I’ll be able to have another away day.

Grand Day Out

I had two days out really.

On Friday on the way up to Aberdeen the good lady and I stopped at Dunnottar Castle and also took the chance to visit Stonehaven War Memorial which is walkable from there. (Photos of both will be coming eventually.)

Later in the afternoon she made a good trawl of the Old Aberdeen Book Shop in Spital.

Even better pickings were obtained at the Mercat Bookshop in Castle Street the next morning (I even bought two books) and then we had a look at two antique shops before we retired to a modern style hostelry for lunch with my younger son and his wife.

Imagine our surprise when the establishment was invaded by Sons fans who certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves, which the bar staff took in good part. The flag intimated they were from Helensburgh.

Fans of Dumbarton FC

On to the match, with ticket at the ready:-

Ticket for Dumbarton FC's Cup Game at Pittodrie

The Sons contingent had several good flags on the wave:-

Dumbarton FC Flags

The pre-match entertainmenmt was way over the top. There’s absolutely no need for this sub-USian rubbish:-

Razzmattazz at Pittodire

Even if the Aberdeen fans in the Merkland Stand also had a good array of flags:-

Aberdeen Fans

The teams emerge. Two more good Sons flags at the bottom here:-

Teams Coming Out at Pittodrie

Sons to the fore. This season’s ‘home’ strip – yellow and black wide stripes, with black shorts, on show (and a rather silly-looking Aberdeen mascot at top right. They had at least two mascots, which is probably two too many):-

Dumbarton FC at  Pittodrie 18/1/20

Sons line up for the game:-

Dumbarton FC Strip 2019-2020

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