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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison. The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown. It was besieged by both James IV and James V but was ultimately destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in a siege of 1651. Many artefacts are displayed to help tell its dramatic stories.
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North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our second visit to Tantallon Castle. It's amazing. The views across the water are spectacular with Bass Rock in the distance covered with sea birds. This castle is a fantastic place to explore, from the prison dungeon to the the high turrets. Staircases...More

Thank Salty2010
Reviewed 4 days ago

OK, so we went to a lot of castles in Scotland. So who wants to go to another and one that has some part that are barely intact. If you are in the area, you do. It is a spectacular setting out on a point,...More

Thank JKVictor
Reviewed 1 week ago

By chance we pulled into the castle one morning and were pleasantly surprised at what we found. A stunning view of the coast while learning a bit of Scottish History.

Thank TerryUSA2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't think there would be much to see inside as this is mostly ruin, but its well worth a visit. Interesting information plaques on the walls and stunning views from the top. Some of the climbs up the stairs are a bit difficult, but...More

Thank Carolcassa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a wet day but still enjoyed the history of this castle. The views over to Bass rock are a must for bird watchers, but even though we are not they were amazing .

Thank Janet O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is superb. We have visited many (100+) castles in Europe and this is certainly in the top 5. It is a ruin but it is superb. Combine this with the awesome views of the Scottish coastline. Not to miss.

1  Thank fssutton1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If the weathers good take a picnic setup, sit down and enjoy the breathtaking view. By far the best castle i visited in Scotland. Shout out the greens keepers looking after that grass, absolutely pristine, 10/10, keep it up lads.

1  Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Tantallon Castle during a stay at Carberry Tower, this is a wild castle with spectacular views to the Bass Rock, we passed a good few hours here exploring all the books and crannies.

1  Thank TheOldChurch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited here a few times and still blown away by the stunning location and views! Kids love it here too (age 11 & 12), plenty of space to roam and climb through the remains. Definitely worth a visit for anyone, very accessible with disabled...More

Thank DM2207
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our visit to Tantallon Castle. It’s in a stunning location and the views out to Bass Rock are amazing. The amount of bird life in and around the surrounding sea cliffs is fantastic. We had our Collie with us and loved the fact...More

Thank ScotchMissed
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9 September 2017|
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Response from rhonwen h | Reviewed this property |
I think it is free for members. No need to book, just show up. It's worth going to.
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27 July 2017|
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Response from CC C | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of steep stairs inside the ruins. You could probably access most of the grounds around the castle (beautiful view) but it's a fair distance from the car park and you would be not able to see much in the... More
9 July 2017|
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Response from Neil L | Reviewed this property |
They would need close supervision in the castle, as it has steep drops, behind fences, and steep stairs. It's a consequence of the design and purpose of a castle.