Dirleton and Tantallon Castles


Your visit to Scotland will not be complete without experiencing the beauty of its architectures and rich history. There are many castles in Scotland to choose from, two of which can be found in the East Lothian area: the Dirleton and Tantallon castles.

The Dirleton castle features the atmosphere and rich history of a once well-built fortress. The only thing it’s lacking is a cliff. It’s considered one of the most robust castles which can be found near Edinburgh, with its walls showing the many scars left behind by brutal conflict back in the ancient times.

On the other hand, Tantallon castle is a strategically located fortress which is close by a cliff, making it a part of my top five list of the best castles. Like the Dirleton, it also endured a lot of sieges back in the days. If you don’t visit it, you’ll surely miss an opportunity for the best vantage point in the area.

Also, of all the castles I’ve come across near Edinburgh, this one is the farthest as you have to drive around 45 minutes by car. However, once you get there, you’ll surely find it worth your time.

Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace

Blackness Castle was definitely one of the most prominent visits I ever remembered. In fact, I can still remember my experience from when I was still in primary school. Its name is derivative of its dark appearance which makes it all the more impressive and fascinating.

It was built back in the 15th century as a residence for the influential Crichton family. However, years later it ended up being an artillery depot and state prison. Also, its shape resembled that of a ship that never sailed and is even dubbed such.

Linlithgow Palace, on the other hand, has the appearance of a palace more than a castle, hence the name. However, it definitely fits the description, even more, for what we ruin-seekers are looking for.

Back in the days, it served as a base for the forces of Edward I during the Wars of Independence. However, it seems that the place is a mere shell of what it once was, and I’m hoping it can get an upgrade soon. I’m pretty sure if it can get the love it deserves, like that of Edinburgh castle, then it will surely become a very attractive place for visitors.