Tantallon Castle and The Bass Rock

by Liz M April. 05, 2016 1215 views

Spent a wonderful weekend in North Berwick,East Lothian,Scotland.A gorgeous town.Wonderful views of the Bass rock and an interesting walk and visit to Tantallon Castle.
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The Bass rock is home to the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets.It is a steep sided “volcanic” rock as are most of the islands in the river Forth.The island also is home to guillemots,razorbill,cormorant,puffin,eiderduck(saw two of those on the rocks near North Berwick) and of course numerous gulls.The island looks almost totally white due to the 150,000 gannets! Didn't take a boat trip but I bet it doesn't smell very good!
Photos not too brilliant but anyway…we had a fab weekend.Beachcombing,walking,eating fish at the Lobster shack in North Berwick harbour,talking and playing Scrabble!!

Golf course near our caravan site.

Eider ducks…not too clear as they were very far out

The tiny North Berwick harbour

The Bass Rock and lighthouse

Bass rock from the beach at North Berwick

Tantallon Castle..the doocot to the left…and Bass rock in the middle.

Zoomed in from the castle…sooooo many birds!Uninhabited island apart from the birds.Lighthouse no longer manned and sat on the site of an old chapel I think.The island also doubled as a prison in one phase of it's history.

North Berwick from the harbour

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Kara Bana 5 years, 2 months ago

Lovely series, many sensational views.

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Jay Boggess 5 years, 5 months ago

WOW! Fantastic series of this fascinating place!

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Sara G 5 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful shots of this interesting place. Thanks for the history.

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Moira 5 years, 5 months ago

Fabulous set Sis , glad you enjoyed your weekend.

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 5 months ago

Love that lighthouse incorporated in the rock. Amazing. Impossible to sleep though in that place. :-))

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John Parsons 5 years, 5 months ago

Great series - lovely scenes and great bird captures..

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 5 years, 5 months ago

Part ruined castles, a bit of local history, who could ask for more. I like #11 the best closely followed by #17. Hope you had a good break.

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful series Bass Rock is somewhere we have not visited, our nearest place like this is Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire, Scotland now is just a little to far out of our reach from here in the deep south :-) near London, but living near the mouth of the Thames we have a lot of wetlands for excellent bird life....also many RSPB places.

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Liz M 5 years, 5 months ago

yes I think so.. they are marine ducks so never normally on inland waterways .. we saw them on the rocks from the harbour at North Berwick ...I had to zoom in to identify them..

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful!
Are they eider ducks?

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