DSC_0028Tantallon Castle, a mostly ruined 14th-century fortress is a formidable stronghold set atop cliffs on the Firth of Forth.

The Castle was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland, and has served as a noble fortification for more than three centuries and endured three sieges.

This photo is taken from Seacliff a secluded beach to the east of North Berwick off the road to Tyningham. There is a nominal charge for access and limited parking, so the beach never gets crowded and its position in the lee of a wooded bank shelters it from the prevailing west wind.

Set in the rock is a smugglers harbour which is still in use by local fisherman, though not for smuggling!

DSC_0322For 400 years, Dirleton Castle stood as a magnificent fortress–residence for three successive noble families. It was badly damaged during Cromwell’s siege of 1650, but its fortunes revived in the 1660s when the Nisbet family built a new mansion close to the picturesque ruins.

They also resuscitated the splendid gardens, which now include the world’s longest herbaceous border.

Other local sites include Newhailes. a dignified 17th century house near Musselburgh, John Muir's birthplace in Dunbar and Prestongrange Museum at Prestonpans.

 

The Glenkinchie whisky distillery is located at Pencaitland, and the Bellhaven brewery, home of Bellhaven Best, is in Dunbar.

 

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