|Dunnottar Castle by Mark Harris|
I have been on Instagram for a number of years and have made friends from all over the world. I received a message from the lovely @katstewart01 who was planning the North - East of Scotland's first Instameet.
An Instameet is when a group of people with a passion for photography meet up at a location and spend a few hours or a full day taking photos. It is a chance for Instagrammers to finally connect in the real world with people that they may already follow.
So on the 17th April at 0530hrs I met with a group of around 14 keen Instagrammers at Dunnottar Castle carpark to capture the sunrise over the castle. The members of the group had travelled from far and near, with one intrepid sole camping overnight in his campervan.
Once it was time to enter the castle we were joined by a further 4 Instagammers. The Custodian of the Castle Jim Wands gave a brief history of the castle to the group. Walking around the ruins in the peace and quiet of the morning allowed me to feel the history of the location.Being able to take photos in a tourist attraction without the tourists was a wonderful experience, as often you are jostling for the best spot.
|View from Window by Mark Harris|
We spent nearly 2 hours in the castle before taking a walk along the coastal path to Stonehaven.
The picturesque harbour was high on the list to visit but first we visited the War Memorial which was surround by sunny daffodils.
The War Memorial is situated on Black Hill and commemorates the 200 plus men of Stonehaven who gave their lives in the First World War.
|War Memorial by Neil Donald|
|Daffodil by Mark Harris|
After the War Memorial it was walk to the picturesque Stonehaven harbour. After a walk around the seafront it was time for a well deserved plate of fish and chips.
|Stonehaven Harbour by Neil Donald|
|A Few of the Instagrammers by David Powell|