This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.
To enter Tantallon Castle, you cross this modern sturdy bridge. The deep moat it crosses was part of the formidable defences against armour and siege towers, but with the advent of cannon Tantallon was nowhere near as impregnable, and it fell to Cromwell’s army in 1651. His army’s artillery did substantial damage to the castle walls and especially to the towers, creating much of the ruins that you can visit today.
If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.