Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

The ruins of Dunnottar Castle are spread out across a grassy promontory rising 50m above the sea. As dramatic a film set as any director could wish for, it provided the backdrop for Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson. The original fortress was built in the 9th century; the keep is the most substantial remnant.

Dunnottar Castle is a real hidden gem that is worth a visit on your Scotland tours.