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Tantallon Castle, North Berwick

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Tantallon Castle is a semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress, located east of North Berwick, in East Lothian, Scotland. It sits atop a promontory opposite the Bass Rock, looking out onto the Firth of Forth. The last medieval curtain wall castle to be constructed in Scotland, Tantallon comprises a single wall blocking off the headland, with the other three sides naturally protected by sea cliffs.Tantallon was built in the mid 14th century by William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas. It was passed to his illegitimate son, George Douglas, later created Earl of Angus, and despite several sieges, it remained the property of his descendants for much of its history. It was besieged by King James IV in 1491, and again by his successor James V in 1528, when extensive damage was done. Tantallon saw action in the First Bishops' War in 1639, and again during Oliver Cromwell's invasion of Scotland in 1651, when it was once more severely damaged. It was sold by the Marquis of Douglas in 1699 to Hew Dalrymple, Lord North Berwick and the ruin is today in the care of Historic Scotland.
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  • We visited Tantallon Castle in April and thought it fairly good value for money. The setting on a cliff top is spectacular and although a ruin, there's loads to see and wander round. There are story b...  more »
  • Forget the tourist trap in Edinburgh, and hitch a ride out here to a serious castle which has seen some serious action too - the cannon-shot holes are still quite visible. On a scenic site next to a c...  more »
  • This castle exceeded our expectations. Having thought the visit may take 20 mins or so, we spent most of the afternoon checking out the views, reading the many information signs and climbing up to the...  more »
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  • It's a fairly large castle ruin on a very picturesque cliff top location. You can climb the old stone spiral staircase onto the battlements for very impressive panoramic views.
  • Best castle ruins I've ever visited. You are able to climb the ramparts and visit inside the battery as it stood before Cromwell demolished it.
  • Beautiful ancient ruined castle. Second time visiting and it's stunning. Great views over to Bass rock too. There's a reason is so popular with tourists.
  • It's a bit run down and the bedrooms are sparse but the views are great. ;-)
  • Fantastic castle dating back to the 1300's. The ruins still provide enough inspiration to gain insight into how life was back in the middle ages. The views over the bay and out to the north sea are truly spectacular.