Stonehaven is a prehistoric site in south Aberdeen, which grew rapidly into a settlement. It lies just along the Aberdeenshire Coast, and it’s coastlines are super amazing. This was one of the reasons why it was originally an early trading port. The harbour in Stonehaven was known to have a rich fishing heritage before world war II, but after the waters were declared unsafe, along with the decline of Herring and Whitefish which occurred from over-fishing, the young men of Stonehaven gave up on fishing.
On the cliff-edge just outside the town, the Dunnottar castle can be found perching. It played a big role in the history of Stonehaven, and it has become one of Scotland’s main attraction. The ancient walls of the castle are glaring, and the castle is notable for many different historical events, which is one of the reasons it is said to be a dramatic scene. Events include the English Plantagenet garrison event in 1297, and the visit of Mary Queen of Scots in 1562 and 1564. The imprisonment of the covenanters in the castle in 1685, is probably the most famous event. The prisoners were kept in the most unpleasant situation, and this led to the death of many of them. They were among the Covenanter army in the first battle of the English Civil War in 1639. Fetteresso Castle and Muchalls Castle are the other historical places found in Stonehaven. They are now both privately owned.
Stonehaven Tolbooth, was previously used as a prison, however, it was burnt down by William Wallace and his men. Since its reconstruction, which was also the same time the Dunnottar castle was reconstructed, it has been used as a museum. Stonehaven heritage society has also helped in the preservation of the history and heritage of the town, through exhibitions and outings held every year. It was founded in 1987.