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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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  • The Castle and the views from the Castle, are more beautiful than you suggest - so treat yourself to the entry and stay a moment. Also for children there is an adventurous (safe!) Ruins to explore.
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  • We are out driving extra for the visit of the castle of Edinburgh. It is advisable, coming from Edinburgh to take the A1, then to drive along the road A198 and North Berwick (very nice beach and bird-watching Centre) to the castle for example to Haddington. The Castle has a slightly larger (free) parking lot right at the entrance of the site. The man is running somewhat difficult if children are in the process can leave quietly right and directly before the fund drive. There are still some places. Time we were little short, the castle closes unfortunately already at 17:30 and the tenants wanted to quickly make your closing round. The nice gentleman at the entrance were but the tip to try it over the fields and so I stepped over the small fences right at the entrance and went towards the coast, parallel to the Castle. There was still a magnificent panorama and I quickly came to the cliffs. Look down and to the bird island was amazing and still the (free) view of the Castle.
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  • You can almost feel the history at this impressive fortress. Plenty of info boards relate the bloody history of the castle and explain parts of its architecture and visitors can climb the stone steps ...  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.