Dunnotar Castle

Dunnottar Castle

The name Dunnottar stems from the Pictish word “Dun” which means hill fort or place of strength.

Dunnotar Castle was the home of the of Clan Keith from the 14th century, and the seat of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in the land.  The last Earl was convicted of treason for his part in the Jacobite rising of 1715, and as a result his estates, including Dunnottar, were seized by the government.

William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II, all graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction. Crown, sceptre and sword now take pride of place in Edinburgh Castle.

Airial View of Dunnotar Castle

Aerial View of Dunnotar Castle

Disney Pixar’s Brave

"Brave" Castle

The castle depicted in the movie Brave was inspired by Dunnotar.

Initially, Merida’s DunBroch family castle was going to set against a loch in the Highlands. Yet after visiting Dunnottar Castle, a stunning structure cast in jutting cliff-side rocks just south of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, the team decided to imitate its staggering surrounds by making DunBroch an outpost by the sea.

The Discovery Channel

Below is a short film for The Discovery Channel’s “You Are Here” series on Dunnottar Castle located in Stonehaven, Scotland. Hosted by Graham Edwards. Produced and edited by Sarah Weinstein.







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