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Black Hill and Dunnottar Castle

Route: Dunnottar Castle, from Stonehaven

Date walked: 23/11/2021

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Distance: 3km

Ascent: 100m

Weather forecast pointed me in a southerly direction. Been to Dunnottar Castle many times but always with company so never really taking time to explore views of the castle. I thought too that a dawn walk would compensate for the over familiarity of the setting. Plus, if I added in a diversion to Black Hill I would at least have stretched my legs a little bit.
Things have changed since my last visit -a new car park layout and a closed road i.e. no onwards access to Stonehaven or any other parking spot. So that at least decided the route for me. I had considered a longer walk to maybe go as far south as Crawton but ChrisW's report of rabbit holes and overgrowth put me off.

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You've probably seen Dunnottar Castle photos lots of times but maybe not so many pre-dawn!

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Not much to see in the semi-dark but I've got quite fond of pre-dawn light.

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Plan is to head north on the path marked by this post and then double back from Black Hill in time for sunrise.

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Plenty of coastal scenery to admire in the meantime.

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Looking back at the castle I guess I'm not going to get as spectacular a sunrise as I did at St Combs.

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Easy path makes for fast going, even for me.

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Looking back at the castle again.

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In terms of views it's either look north or south.

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Maybe not as impressive sideways on but still quite striking.

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At last, a views east!

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Information board about the war memorial on Black Hill. Just a few metres up to the memorial.

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View north east.

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Hurrying back to the castle for sunrise.

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Lots of extra danger signs up since I was last here so can't peek through the hole in the wall.

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Tilt the camera the right way and the exposure or contrast stretch alters.

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You can just make out the two points where you used to be able to get down to the bay.

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Ascent: 100m
Views: 66


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Ascent: 300m
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Distance: 2.5km
Ascent: 114m
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Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1052m
Views: 166


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Date walked: 13/09/2021
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 770m
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Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Alligin
Place: Assynt

Munros: 123
Corbetts: 63
Grahams: 28
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 10
Hewitts: 12
Sub 2000: 47



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 44
Distance: 379.6 km
Ascent: 18204m
Munros: 12
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 5

2020

Trips: 39
Distance: 226.7 km
Ascent: 11266m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2019

Trips: 31
Distance: 187.05 km
Ascent: 9684m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2018

Trips: 28
Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2017

Trips: 31
Distance: 226.75 km
Ascent: 8838m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2016

Trips: 20
Distance: 229 km
Ascent: 9236m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2015

Trips: 39
Distance: 286 km
Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 9

2014

Trips: 29
Distance: 3564.25 km
Ascent: 15847m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 9
Hewitts: 3

2013

Trips: 29
Distance: 206.75 km
Ascent: 16700m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 4

2012

Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2011

Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 6
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2200m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2008

Trips: 3
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

Trips: 5
Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

Trips: 3
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

Trips: 4
Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

Trips: 5
Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

Trips: 6
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 4245m
Munros: 2

2000

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Grahams: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Grahams: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100m

1992

Trips: 2
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 2345m


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