We went to Dunottar castle (just outside Stonehaven) this weekend. It’s an impressive ruin that in the past has been haunted by Picts, plundered by Vikings and burned by William Wallace; it’s been a home to the Keiths, a holiday home for Mary Queen of Scots and a prison for theives. In 1685 one hundred and sixty seven opponents of the king were locked in an airless, freezing chamber there called the Whig’s Vault – after being inside it, I can’t even imagine how they all fit. Pretty spooky.

It’s also an excellent place to play hide and seek.


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