Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Dunnottar Woods

Whenever I get asked where my favourite walk is, I never know what to answer. But if someone were to ask me, "Where is your favourite woods?" I would instantly reply, "Dunnottar Woods." 

Dunnottar woods is where I would go for Sunday walks with my Dad and my brother, and it captivated me from the first time I visited. So when I was driving home from visiting family in Aberdeen, I thought that it would swing by and see it, for the first time in about three years.

 Located just south of Stonehaven, (One of my favourite seaside towns) and right next to Dunnottar Castle, (One of my favourite castles) Dunnottar Woods is full of history, and life. As you start the walk, you quickly come across a round, stone... thing. This is known as Lady Kennedy's Bath. Water flows into it on one side, filling it up, and out of the other side. The water looks a bit murky, and I don't think I'd fancy having a bath in there. It is not known whether Lady Kennedy had the bath made for herself or her ten children. 

Carry on down the path a little further and you come to Gallow Hill. I think that this hill is haunted, there is certainly a strange feeling up there. (Yes, I believe in ghosts!) Gallow hill has a huge history behind it. To start with it was a Bronze age burial mound (I mean that itself is enough evidence for spooky going's on.) AND on top of this burial mound, Stonehaven's people thought it was a good idea to build gallows, where criminals where sentenced to their death.. . Yup, just SOUNDS haunted doesn't it?! Certainly some good grounds for a horror movie there. Moving on, and away from the spooky horror show of Gallow Hill. 

If you carry on a little further, you come to a road. This road used to be able to take you to the main road, however due to mudslide after mudslide, it now looks like the middle section is only accesible via foot. If you cross the road you come to the second half of dunnottar woods. This is where my favourite part of the woods are. Down near the burn there is a tiny house that Lady Kennedy built for her children. It's beautiful. Inside it is carefully decorated with shells in beautiful patterns. The shells had to be restored due to people taking them out of the walls, but now the shell house is locked to protect it from further damage. 
I always liked thinking about being one of Lady Kennedy's children. She must have loved them a lot to build a bath and a shell house for them in these beautiful woods. 

The rest of the walk is just woodland. Thriving with life. Daffodils, wood sorrel and wild garlic where growing everywhere, which made the woodland floor a bright green. The burn flows all the way through the woods, and the sound of it offers a soothing walk. 

Dunnotter woods is magical, and will always hold a place in my heart, and if you ever find yourself near Stonehaven for any reason, I'd recommend taking an hour out of your day to see it! 

Until next time, 
Jade- Your Introvert Adventurer