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.