Mystical lakes, mossy mountains and haunted ruins - I'll be staying in Scotland for the next 4 months!
I started a little, big adventure. Together with a friend I will spend 4 months in Scotland as an exchange semester. An experience that I hope makes me grow as a person and allow me to explore a lot of those mystical places in Scotland.
scotland's most mystical Castle
Dunnottar Castle was on the "bucketlist" of both my sister and me as it looks just so magical. It's a castle ruin situated on a peninsula made from red sandstone, next to the town of Stonehaven. It was built between the 13th and 17th century and did see several wars and owners during it's lifetime. During the civil war in 1651, the famous crown-juwels of Great Britain were hidden here. But word got around and soon the castle was under siege. After the attacking Oliver Cromwell got cannons, Dunnottar surrendered. But the jewels we're gone!
There a several stories to how it happened. Some say they smuggled them out between bags of goods, other said that they dropped a container covered in sea plants into the sea. Eventually the crown jewels were hidden under the planks of a nearby church and they remained there until they could be given back to the king.
Beside the castle we also checked out the nearby wild beach, which was just beautiful! I've been to the North Sea and Baltic sea before, but this really was my first time ever where I really felt like I was on the ocean.
We found a little cave and explored the rocky beach and it's tide-pools. Those little water basins where brimming with life. Beside the beautiful water plants I spotted little snails, mussels and also some fishes, which quickly hid as soon as they noticed me. I also touched, what I think is something like an anemone in one of the pools. It stung a bit, but I think I'm alright haha.
Before we left, I built this little stone tower. I was surprised not seeing them, hence there being so many fitting rocks around. I hope someone sees it and will imitate it :) Then it started to rain quiet heavily (heck it's Scotland) and we sought refuge under the roof of a nearby food truck and got some British chips!
P.S.: I stole this plant from the castle's compost! :D Someone just threw it away, but it's so lovely c: It got a new home in my kitchen now, I think it's a nice memory to this wonderful place c:
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