Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
A medieval fortress located on a rocky outcrop 3 km south of Stonehaven. The site has held a fortress since the Dark Ages but most of the surviving buildings are from the 15-16th century. the Castle played an important role in the history of Scotland from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.
WIlliam Wallace is said to have led the Scots to victory over thr English at Dunnottar in 1296 including incarceration of the defeated English soldiers in the castle church.
Mary Queen of Scots visited the castle twice in 1562 and 1564.
James IV was in residence for part of 1580.
The Scottish Royal Regalia (crown, sword and sceptre) were hidden here during the 17th century. the garrison was held under seige by the English for 8 months but the Regalia were secreted away to Kinneff Parish Church. These can now be seen in Edinbugh Castle.
In more recent times the castle has been used as a set in Mel Gibson's film version of "Hamlet"