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Scott’s life and stories have a rich association with many places across Scotland and further afield. Explore some of those sites on our interactive map.

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Tantallon Castle

Scott's swirling description of Tantallon, in the 1808 poem Marmion, brought many tourists to see its wild, high vantage point over the sea.

Scott writes of the three mullets – the heraldic word for stars – and the bloody heart of the Douglas crest. The heart symbolised the Douglas family from 1329 when, as he lay dying, Robert the Bruce asked Sir James Douglas to take his heart on crusade. When James was killed in battle in Spain, Bruce’s heart was recovered and buried at Melrose Abbey.

Find out more about Scott's work in connection to Tantallon Castle on our website

LOCATION:
Near North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 5PN