Scotland has some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world. The North East is no exception, and somewhere I feel doesn't get enough attention!
One of Scotland's most iconic and imposing medieval fortresses. Located on a rocky headland a short drive south of Stonehaven, the ruined castle is thought to have been built in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Dunnottar is best known for its role in concealing the Honours of Scotland, otherwise known as the Scottish crown jewels, from Oliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th Century. Heavily fortified and enjoying an advantageous defensible geographical location, it was more than up to the task of repelling the invaders. Today it is open to visitors and is well worth a visit. The dramatic location and stunning scenery make this one of Scotland's East Coast gems.
The Seaton Cliffs
The Seaton Cliffs are part of a nature reserve located between Arbroath and Auchmithie. These beautiful red sandstone cliffs are littered with caves, stacks, blowholes and arches. Known for wildlife, flaura and fauna, the cliffs can be best enjoyed by walking the coastal path to explore any feature that takes your fancy as you go.
The coastal pathway starts on the outskirts of Arbroath and traces the cliff tops for just over 7 miles to Auchmithie. A bus service connects Auchmithie back to Arbroath if you don't fancy the round trip.
The Falls of Feugh
The Falls of Feugh are located on the Water of Feugh in Banchory. A stone-built bridge and visitor observation footbridge span the falls, offering an excellent vantage point to enjoy the dramatic falls.
The falls are particularly popular during the months of September to November and February to March, when there is the best chances of spotting migrating salmon leap.
Burn O'Vat is an example of a glacial pothole near the village of Dinnet. The Vat consists of a waterfall inside a cavern, accessed through a small rock gap along the river bed.
Emerging through the narrow rock passage way you are greeted with the striking sight of the falling water and sheer rock climbing around you. The burn runs into Loch Kinord and the area is a picturesque place to walk and hike.
Close to Burn O'Vat is Loch Kinord, a small freshwater Loch at the Muir of Dinnet. The loch is part of the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve and as such is a stunningly beautiful area.
An Iron Age Crannog was built on the loch, where oak trunks were driven into the loch bed and built up with stones around them. Huts would have then been built on top. One of the remaining Crannogs remains as a small island covered in vegetation.
Of course this is only a snapshot of the beauty Scotland has on offer. So what are you waiting for? Go explore!