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Live webcam at Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Sited at the harbour coastline in the ancient town of Stonehaven this colour webcam is run by Aberdeenshire Council.  Stonehave, a county town of Kincardineshire, grew around an Iron Age fishing village, now the "Auld Toon" ("old town"), and expanded inland from the Seaside. As late as the 16th century, old maps indicate the town was called Stonehyve or Stonehive.

Dunnottar Castle, perched atop a rocky outcrop to the south of Stonehaven, was home to the Keith family, and during the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Scottish Crown Jewels were hidden there. In 1296 King Edward I of England took the castle only for William Wallace to reclaim it in 1297, burning down the church in the process with the entire English garrison still in it. In 1650, Oliver Cromwell sacked the castle to find the Crown Jewels following an eight month siege (having previously destroyed the English Crown Jewels). However, just before the castle fell, the Crown Jewels were smuggled out by some ladies who took them by boat to a small church just down the coast in the village of Kinneff, where they remained undetected for eleven years. Dunnottar castle was used in the 1990 movie Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson of Braveheart fame.

Every July Stonehaven holds a Highland Games. All those competing in the heavy events (which include the Hammer, the Heavy Stone and Tossing the Caber) must wear full Highland dress. Other events include the Stonehaven Folk Festival regularly attended by famous Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly. During Hogmanay festivities, the High Street comes alive with crowds watching the annual fireballs ceremony, in which volunteers walking down the High Street swing huge balls of fire around and around at the ends of chains. The Fireball Festival was part of the content of stv's Hogmanay coverage. The fireballs are finally thrown into the harbour.

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Other Aberdeenshire webcams of interest:

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/webcams/stonehaven.asp - Live webcam of Stonehaven harbour, to the south of Aberdeen, close to the site of Dunnottar Castle. Webcam maintained by Aberdeenshire council.

http://www.cairngormmountain.org.uk/web-cam - Live pictures from the Cairngorm national park in Scotland, with two webcams. The first webcam looks from the Daylodge up into Coire Cas, and the second from the Ptarmigan restaurant looking down the Ciste Fairway.

 http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/webcams/banff.asp - Webcam of Banff marina, Banffshire  in Scotland. Banff looks over the same coastline as our very own Gardenstown webcam. We also broadcast live weather data from the Gardenstown Weather Station.

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/acci/web/site/xwc_webcamlist.asp - Aberdeen city council webcams of the Granite City. Webcams include the Aberdeen Harbour Webcam, looking down over Aberdeen courthouse and the top of Union Street The Aberdeen Castlegate Webcam is at the intersection of King Street and Union Street in Aberdeen, and looks over the top of Archibald Simpsons down onto the Citadel. The Aberdeen Union Street Webcam looks west up Union Street in the city, over Belmont Street and the Bon Accord centre. And the Aberdeen Sports Centre Webcam shows the progress being made on the new Aberdeen sports facility.

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/virtual_aberdeen/index.shtml - The Aberdeen University webcam of Kings College, in Old Aberdeen.

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/clsm/matthewhay/cam/ - Shows a live webcam of the Aberdeen University Life Sciences area in Aberdeen.

http://www.northeastcreative.com/ibacam/inveruriecam.htm - The Inverurie town centre webcam.

http://www.trafficscotland.org/lev/views.aspx?mi=aberdeen - Traffic webcams from the North-East of Scotland, showing Foudland west and east near Huntly, two webcams at Birness between Ellon and Peterhead, two at Charlstown to the south of Aberdeen and two at Laurencekirk, south of Stonehaven.

http://www.deesideglidingclub.co.uk/webCam.php - The Deeside gliding club webcam at Aboyne in Grampian.