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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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  • Great day out , magnificent history and very interesting. Fabulous views. We are members and we shall continue to take our guests there whenever possible as this is a great place to be. 
  • We paid our first visit to Tantallon on 8th October, and wow were we impressed... The chap (long hair) working in the shop/ticket office was lovely.. he was very helpful and even re opened the shop be...  read more »
  • I took my elderly father to revisit Tantallon Castle today. If you are looking for a stunning location, with the Bass Rock as its backdrop, then you need look no further! We were lucky with the weathe...  read more »
  • Best castle I've ever been to. You can buy toy swords and stuff on the way in and pretend to be an invader all day! Also not to ruin anything but take pictures of the weathered bricks with a macro lense. Also the well.. also the prison dungeon and poop slide :D Also great views. Also go when it's quiet if you can. Also be lucky with the weather. Also the bass rock!!!
  • Nice place to visit and explore. Unless you are really taking your time, probably good for a couple hours or half a day. The views are amazing and the staff member was very nice. Even though it was sunny and fairly warm when we parked, it was very cold in the wind so bring some layers!
  • This castle is almost completely in ruins. Nevertheless it's a great tourist attraction with a great view to the Bass Rock, there is also a telescope (free to use). Dogs allowed.
  • Amazing medieval castle overlooking a stunning cliff. To visit absolutely!
  • 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.
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