Taken with a Canon 50D, Sigma 10-20 lens at 10mm, F11, shutter speed 1/80, ISO100, tweaked in Photoshop
The site on which the Castle sits has been inhabited since Pictish times (5000 BC to 700 AD) although an exact date is not known.
The importance of the site to the Picts stems from their religion, believed to be akin to Druidism, and which worshiped masculinity, femininity and nature spirits. The site of the Castle and the surrounding area has a strong feminine nature and symbology, which at Dunnottar takes the form of the “green lady”. The spirit of the green lady has been seen in the brewery at the Castle. She is said to be looking for her “lost children” who are the Picts who converted from her religion to Christianity around the 5th Century AD.
The name Dunnottar stems from the Pictish word “Dun” which means hill fort or place of strength.
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