Europe | United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain | Scotland | Edinburgh – Edinburgh Day Trips
Election fever is in the air in Scotland and it should be an exciting result on the 3rd of May with the movement towards Scottish Independence gaining momentum. At the same time there are Presidential elections in France and Aurelia exercised her right to vote on Sunday. This entailed a trip through to Edinburgh to visit the French consulate. Funny to think that the consulate might have embassy status in 3 years time!
Politics aside, we used the trip through to Edinburgh as an opportunity to research new routes for day trips around the East Lothian area. This turned out to be a very fruitful day of exploration with some lovely little side roads, cafes and villages being added to our list of touring attractions.
From Edinburgh we travelled to Dirleton Castle which meant passing through the very pretty village of Aberlady. A place that I would happily move to if I could afford the house prices.
After a pint in Dirleton at the Castle Inn (not a place that we recommend. Nice outside, but mediocre beer and a bit bland inside) we headed through North Berwick to Tantallon Castle. The road to Tantallon castle has great views across to Bass Rock where Peddie family legend has it that one of our ancestors was imprisoned.
Tantallon Castle is a place that I had always dismissed as just being a big wall beside a cliff. How wrong I was! Tantallon castle really left an impression on me. I could easily imagine how frightening it must have been to be under seige. Hearing the canonballs of Cromwell’s artillery hitting the massive walls of the castle.