As soon as I heard we were heading to Scotland on the tour I had visions of ruined castles and beautiful sweeping landscapes, so I started my hunt for one that was close enough to Edinburgh for a day trip! I quickly came across Tantallon Castle which is in North Berwick and just 50 minutes drive.
Tantallon was the last truly great castle built in Scotland. William Douglas, a nobleman, built the mighty fortress in the mid-1300s, at the height of his power. It is still in incredible shape and you can exploring various levels including the dungeons!
We went in the morning and there were only a handful of people there so it felt like we had our very own castle! Isla loved exploring and running around pretending to be a princess, shouting orders to her servant (Daddy!) for more rice cakes and milky!
The castle is surrounded by water on 3 sides and is high up on the hill which gave it a great tactical advantage! Nowadays it just gives it killer views!
Isla is obsessed with her SmarTrike and says it’s better than a noble steed any day… ‘Onwards Daddy, my public are waiting!’
We included loads of footage from our trip in our video of Isla making some Smart Discoveries in her trike – you can watch it here! 🙂
It is very family friendly – they have toilets and baby change but I would leave the pram in the car if you can – it’s not a far walk from the car park into the castle and obviously there are no lifts! There is no where to buy food, just a small gift shop that sells drinks and little snacks so bring a picnic or eat before you come!
One last shot of the amazing castle walls and we headed back into Edinburgh for Barney’s show!