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**The organizing committee reserves the right to cancel a tour if numbers are not met.
Coach will depart from Marcliffe at Pitfodels and collect at Copthorne and Old Aberdeen, returning to Marcliffe, Copthorne and Old Aberdeen (subject to demand).
You will head west from Aberdeen along the south bank of the River Dee, passing the historic Bridge of Dee, before turning south for the coast and Stonehaven, a picturesque and interesting small town. As you approach the coast, your Guide will point out the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle on the clifftop.
There has been a stronghold here since Bronze/Iron Age times; the oldest buildings which can be seen today are the ruined chapel (late 13th century) and the Keep (15th century). The Castle was taken from the English by William Wallace (“Braveheart”), and was later visited by Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle is very atmospheric, and is very popular with visiting children.
The tour will return by the main road to Aberdeen.
Dunnottar is on a promontory which was cut away to improve defence, and is now very eroded. It is necessary to walk down almost to sea level, and then climb back up to the castle itself – around a 20 minute walk each way. This visit is therefore not recommended for visitors with some disabilities. The cliffs themselves – and the ruined castle walls – are dangerous, and parents are reminded to ensure their children are safe at all times.
COST: £18 per person
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