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Dunnottar Castle is located on the east coast of Scotland, to the south of Stonehaven. The castle is regularly open to the public. For details on access times and admission prices, please consult the castle' website - Dunnottar Castle
In 1685 a rebellion was expected in southern Scotland so the authorities decided to send the hundreds of Covenanters held in edinburgh jails north to be held at Dunnottar to prevent them being sprung free. The Covenanter were marched north in dreadful conditions and held in a vault of the castle, later known as the Whig's Vault. A totalof 167 Covenanters were held in the single apartment, which had little access to fresh air and no facilities. A number died, and an attempt at breaking out resulted in some dying. A few Covenanters who died here are buried in nearby Dunnottar churchyard. After a period of confinement, most of the Covenanters were banished to the americas as slaves.