Dunnottar Castle is located in Scotland’s north east coast. It covers an area of 3.5 acres (1.4 hectares), and sits on a sea cliff that rises to 50 metres (160 feet) in height. In Scottish Gaelic its called: Dùn Fhoithear, what means "fort on the shelving slope".
The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar Castle has played an important role during many crucial episodes of Scottish History, but it was originally known as a Pictish fortress.
Throughout its history, Dunnottar Castle was burnt to the ground a number of times, sometimes by the Scottish to kill the invading English.
The castle was restored in the 20th century and is now open to the public.
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