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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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Absolutely breathtaking!! Well worth the trip and then travel further to North to the seaside... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
julieposey
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Broomes Island, Maryland
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Our first Castle in Scotland

A bit of a long way from the main roads. There is a car park just off the road but for the less... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tom M
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Andover, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Absolutely breathtaking!! Well worth the trip and then travel further to North to the seaside towns. Completely perfect day!!! Tremendous beauty!

Thank julieposey
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A bit of a long way from the main roads. There is a car park just off the road but for the less able there is a small park next to the Entrance. Perched on a cliff it has great views of the coast line...More

Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle, built in the 1300's, was a few miles outside of North Berwick, easily accessible by bus. It requires walking, like most things in Scotland, and stairs if you want to climb right to the top! It is absolutely breathtaking, and the history displays...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family and I really enjoyed our tour if Tantallon Castle. Especially the spectacular views, natural beauty and the history of this castle along this the other castles in region. Definitely recommend!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a gem of a castle right on the cliff , full of history and a romantic air. Extremely good information boards and lovingly looked after by Historic Scotland. A must do if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite only living 90 mins away we had never been here until today. We were so fortunate that it was a sunny day. We arrived at 11am and caught the tour guide which was lucky. The tour was informative, after which we explored on our...More

Thank mackeroo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These ruins are a must see when in the North Berwick area. The huge cascade is impressive and you get great views of the sea and the Bass Rock. Go to nearby Seacliff Beach for an amazing view of both the Bass Rock and the...More

Thank ScottishTemplar
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved spending the better part of two hours here, exploring every nook and cranny of this massive ruin. The location and views out over the coastline and to Bass Rock make this place particularly special. Although it's only a shell, it's like a maze...More

Thank fiona07
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A stunning castle looking out towards Bass Rock. Still huge, despite having lost s storey or two. Excellent guides and information boards. Small gift shop and immaculately clean toilets.

Thank Pam D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting castle with spectacular location. Despite torrential rain, we managed to enjoy or time there although will probably go back on a drier day.

Thank Conn_nan_Ceud_Cogadh
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BoldAl
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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Who k D
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
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freq_flyers
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.
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