When I visited Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven five years ago I fell in love with the walk along the coastline leading up to its place on the cliff. I'm not much of a hiker, but there was something about that view that made the 2 mile walk feel easy. When Tyler and I began planning our trip to Scotland I knew I wanted to try to return to Dunnottar.
Wednesday night we started working out the best day to take the train out to Stonehaven, which proved to be more difficult than expected. Scotland's weather reports seemed unreliable, and in the span of 8 hours had changed from sun to rain to lightning storms and back again. We finally just bought our train tickets anyway, as it was clear waiting on a sunny day would probably not work out.
Friday we hopped on the train through the countryside until we reached the small coastal town, stopping in at a bakery for chicken pies before starting the trek. The reality of the weather was just as sporadic as the reports, and we got hit by a couple rain showers and a lot of wind between spots of sun.
Despite the need for 2 shirts, a cardigan, and 2 coats in the middle of summer, our trip to Dunnottar was incredible, and worth the rain.