A Walk Beyond Stonehaven
Last September we stayed in Stonehaven, Scotland, for four nights, and almost every morning there was a beautiful sunrise over the North Sea. Something this amazing yanks me out of bed for a few pics. :)
We passed this beautiful garden and talked to the gardener who created it. Although he was saying it hadn't grown well because of the weather, we thought it was one of the prettiest we'd seen, ever.
We walked out onto a pier and had this great view of Stonehaven Harbor.
The War Memorial atop the hill above Stonehaven. We decided that would be our destination because we could see it from our room, and it is also visible from Dunnottar. But as you can see the hill is far too steep to climb.
Another view of Shore Head Street.
The beautiful flowers in front of The Granary, a historic building.
The sign said it was a 2 1/2 mile walk to Dunnottar Castle. We had already been there the day before (we drove), but we wanted to walk to the War Memorial which was not too far from the castle. Unfortunately, the normal road and walking path was closed down due to a landslide, so we had to take an alternate route. We soon left the town and walked along the road through the forest.
After turning off the main road and walking up a hill along a narrow road through the trees, we came out near this beautiful farm land and hay fields.
We still had the War Memorial in our sights. For some reason it always looked not that far away, even though it was.
We walked through a picturesque dairy farm. This barn had lots of cows inside it and the farmer was bailing hay.
Here we find another road to walk along. I think the cattle drink out of the wee loch. This pasture was surrounded by an electric fence. We know it was working because one brave tourist touched it. She screamed and jumped around a bit. I know the farmers must think we're all nuts. LOL
You can't get there from here. This field was surrounded by a fence. Was it electric? None of us wanted to touch it and find out. We would've needed to climb through or over the fence to get up to the War Memorial. There was another way... going back across the hay field and walking along the road which circled around the huge field. It was probably another mile at least. Sigh. We were all too tired. Besides we also had to walk back down to Stonehaven. So this was as close as we got to the War Memorial.
The Stonehaven War Memorial sits on top of Black Hill. It was designed to look like a ruined stone temple of early Doric design to signify the lives that were ruined during World War I. Over two hundred men from Stonehaven gave their lives in the war. The monument was unveiled on May 20, 1923. I thought this was interesting. The Black Hill was chosen for the site because it was: “Where the Men o’ Mearns kept watch and ward over their homes in troubled times”, and, “which has been from time immemorial the rallying ground for defence of the coast”. So this site had great historical significance in regards to war. You can learn lots more about the War Memorial here.
Even though we didn't get up to the memorial, we had this spectacular view of Stonehaven from the hilltop. We could even see our hotel from here.
This hay field appears to lead right to the sea.
We walked back through Stonehaven a different way than we had left. I loved this picturesque bridge.
I was glad to get back to our hotel so I could rest. We estimated that we probably walked at least six miles. A bit more than I'm used to.
Later that evening, we went to eat. A rain shower came and this this beautiful rainbow.
I hope you enjoyed this short trip through and outside of Stonehaven. :)
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