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Stonehaven- in September

September 2, 2017

So I managed to lock myself out of my apartment this morning. Smooth, I know. It was bound to happen; self-locking doors and my forgetfulness are a bad combination. Long story short, I was let in a while later but it kind of wasn’t how I had hoped to start my weekend. I was feeling gloomy over breakfast then gave myself a metaphorical head-slap and got in the car.

Destination: Stonehaven, a coastal town voted Scotland’s most beautiful in 2009. So I had high expectations. I needed this to work to salvage my Saturday. Driving in, I was greeted with panoramic views of late summer wheat fields seeming to kiss the sea, until the town appeared around the next bend. Fisherman’s cottages lined the harbour front, boats bobbed nearby. So far, so stunning. I set off on a clifftop walk from the town to Dunnotar castle, and soon it wasn’t just the uphills that took my breath away.

With each bend the scenery became more dramatic; fern-green grass carpeting the cliffs, dotted with auburn-splodged cows. The sky and sea dazzling in the sunshine, the beach in between the cliffs was of charcoal-black pebbles. I didn’t no where to look, and was so overcome I sat down for a while in the September sun just to take it all in. A red train cut across the hills in the distance, it was like those children’s books.- The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch and Balamory came to mind.

Finally, the castle. It was almost postcard-perfect, so unreal.

I guess its fair to say my Saturday ended on a high, literally.

FYI- Stonehaven is a 45 minute drive from Aberdeen, or you can take the train. Dunnotar castle has a parking lot but the clifftop walk from town is the main attraction, as you can see (I didn’t even go inside the actual castle). Wear sturdy shoes and have windbreakers- you know what they say about Scottish weather! Hope your weekends are less dramatic… xx 

All photos my own 🙂 

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  • Reply Subha September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Absolutely stunning! What a view and a treat after the rough start to the day!
    I guess this is Scotland at its loveliest? Great photos. And what a great combination of the little marina, rural landscape and also the castle and the views.

    • Reply Layla September 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      yeah it definitely turned my day around! Very beautiful 🙂

  • Reply Bhama September 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Wow! Breath taking Pictures spoke more than the words, well taken. Enjoyed reading and knowing about Stonehaven , it’s simply beautiful.

    • Reply Layla September 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      It is beautiful isn’t it… I agree, the photos say it all!

  • Reply Maya Kuijper September 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Wow this place looks amazing, we have to go there when I visit. Also, head slap + Balamory references in one post? I’m proud.

    • Reply Layla September 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I wrote that with you in mind!
      We definitely have to go when you visit, you’ll love it 🙂

  • Reply Bert September 4, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Wow indeed, what an amazing place and so accessible and close by. Need to plan another trip to Scotland and this is only the first of your adventures! Nice line up of cows you managed there how did you do that? Excellent photos, enjoyed the post.

    • Reply Layla September 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      i was lucky the cows all wanted their photos taken!
      it is such a beautiful area… glad you liked the photos 🙂

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