Magical Tantallon Castle

Just starting this post brings me back quickly to the pure magic that we felt at Tantallon Castle in Scotland. I planned a stop by the castle before our day of golfing at Glen Golf Club just down the road. When we arrived at Tantallon, there were maybe 4 cars in the parking lot. The skies looked like it could pour at any moment....but when does it not look like that in the UK, escpecially Scotland?? We headed in to the ticket sales shop and made our way out to the castle. 

From first glance, you can tell this castle was a beauty in its time. Perched high above the sea side on a rocky cliff, Tantallon Castle looks like something right out of a fairytale. I overheard an American girl at Edinburgh Castle say that she felt like she was in a fairytale. Well, she was wrong...Tantallon is the fairytale! After seeing so many castles, I feel like I have the authority to rank castles on fairytaleness :)


This castle is a photographers dream, so get ready for five million pictures. The rocky cliff coastline, the North Sea, the gorgeous crumbling ruins, Bass Rock out in the distance, the weather rolling in with the greys, blues and fluffy clouds.....incredible.




The history of the castle goes like this. The castle was built in the mid 14th century by William Douglas, First Earl of Douglas. As with most castle history, the castle saw battle a few times, once in particular by Oliver Cromwell. Yada yada yada. I'm sorry, I lose interest after a few sentences of war history! What I do love however, is reading about the women in the castle. Oh, and the ghost sightings!! There have been two photographs that show evidence of a figure in the same location and have been determined to show that there has been no photo manipulation!! Google it!!














Please take note of Bass Rock above. The white spots on the rock are thousands of gannets (a type of white seagull) that are nesting on the rock. This seriously blows my mind.






Van and I were in complete awe of the castle. It is definitely in our top 3 castles! After touring the property and getting stuck in a rain shower, we decided to run back to the car. As we were running and the rain was soaking us, I felt like a child, giggling in the rain. I could only imagine what life would have been like for the little royal kids, running in the rain like we were, around this magical place. 


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28 comments

  1. Scotland is so underrated! It has the best castles, but I'm also partial to ruins. So glad you got a chance to visit but I do hope you go back for more someday! Whisky, castles, hills, countryside, clouds, rivers/streams, the coast, and even the rain and wind help make it a magical country!

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  2. You are so right! It was incredibly magical and the people were great too! We can't wait to go back!!

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  3. What a beautiful castle and a gorgeous scenery! Love it! And I have to search for the ghost pictures, I love such things :D

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  4. Wow the scenery itself is stunning, I couldn't imagine life in the castle, how beautiful it must have been!

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  5. Gorgeous! I think I've found my summer home :)

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  6. I use to often go on holiday with the parents growing up to North Berwick so Bass Rock is a familiar sight to me!

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  7. I love castles so much! My favorite part is wandering the ruins and imagining all the people that used to actually live in the castle.

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  8. I usually don't believe in those things but I think it could be possible at Tantallon....there definitely was an energy there!

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  9. It was really cool....and it was quiet except for the crashing waves so it seemed extra special :)

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  10. Ha! Yeah, and I found mine.....Alnwick Castle :) Oh, to be royalty!

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  11. How cool! I loved the area....it was very peaceful and you can't beat the views! I wish we could have gone by the bird centre and learned more about the birds at Bass Rock!

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  12. Oh me too!! It must have been pretty incredible. The history is just so amazing1

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  13. Very beautiful! I could look at the pictures all day....

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  14. What part of Scotland is it? It looks lovely: Scotland is pure magic.

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  15. That is gorgeous! I lived in Scotland and never even heard of this castle (although to be fair there are sooo many castles out there). I do have a special place in my heart for cliff side castles, there is so beauty to those and having the sea right next to it, the grandiosity of the sheer drop between where it stands and the sea!

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  16. Okay, it's official. It's IMPOSSIBLE to take a bad photo in Scotland.

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  17. Okay, just Googled the ghost pictures. That is freaky. I love visiting places with a quirky history like this as well. Such beautiful pictures!

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  18. So gorgeous. I haven't been to Scotland yet, but I absolutely must go - and this castle will be on must list! I love thinking about all of the lives and life that happened here...

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  19. I could have just stayed there all day...even in the rain! It was awesome!

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  20. You are right...pure magic! This was in North Berwick, about an hour east on Edinburgh, on the coast :)

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  21. There are sooooo many castles! Next time you are back in Scotland, you should go see this one. There is just something about it :)

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  22. I'm glad I didn't know about the pictures beforehand haha!! I scoured all of my pictures for a ghost when I learned of the ghost sightings.....sadly, no ghosts in my pictures :)

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  23. Scotland is amazing. I have only been once, but I would love to just explore the country for a few weeks. The scenery is incredible!

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  24. There's something about castles on cliffs that make them so magical!

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  25. Mrs_Jack_of_all_tradesJuly 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    I have to add Scotland in my list..

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