New Slains Castle

New Slains Castle

Pratt (1858) writes

Slains Castle is now a very elegant and commodious structure, commanding a magnificent view of the sea and neighbouring rocks. Dr Johnson, in his Scottish Tour, says:
"We came, in the afternoon to Slains Castle, built upon the margin of the sea, so that the walls of one of the towers seem only a continuation of of a perpendicular rock, the foot of which is beaten by the waves. To walk round the house seemed impracticable. From the windows, the eye wanders over the sea that separates Scotland from Norway, and when the winds beat with violence, must enjoy all the terrific grandeur of the tempestuous ocean. I would not, for my own amusement, wish for a storm; but as storms, whether wished for or not will sometimes happen, I may say, without violation of humanity, that I should willingly look out upon them from Slains Castle."

The learned Doctor was correct in his idea of the magnificence of a storm as seen from the windows of Slains Castle; nor would the imagination have been affected had he chanced, during some dark November night, to have heard the booming waves as they beat against those rocks, or rush up the broken gullies, almost forcing upon one the belief, in spite of the stability of one's footing, of having slipt our cable and being fairly out at sea.

(Revision date: Thursday 6th December 2012)