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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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  • Tantallon Castle is very easy to find off the A198 and there is a small car park next to the visitor centre but the main car park is about 400m from the visitor centre...Apparently a nobleman named Wi...  more »
  • Came across this after visiting Dirleton castle, both remote but not completely off the beaten path. Both very interesting ruins, Tarleton castle was breathtaking, the water views. It is easy to imagi...  more »
  • There's not much left after Cromwell battered the place in the 17th century. For 200 years it was the home of the Red Douglas family who would periodically fall out with the Stuart kings and be attack...  more »
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  • Lovely castle with a great history in a beautiful location. Couldn't have picked a better day weather wise to visit. The birdlife in the grounds was a personal highlight. Spent ages watching the house martins flitting back and forth to their nests in the castle windows.
  • Ruined but very beautiful castle, located on the seashore. A must visit. The outer wall - the entrance wall and some of the towers are well preserved. Gives spectacular views of the surroundings and very nice place for photography. There is a small telescope in the castle with which you can have look at the Bass Rock, heavily crowded by gannets that it changes the colour of the rock to white!
  • Fantastically‚Äč beautiful, this is an ancient castle perched on the edge of some steep cliffs. Although it lies in ruin it is still an awe-inspiring place. You can climb right up onto the top of the remaining battlements to enjoy great views of the surrounding area. If you're scared of heights then you might not like going right to the top!
  • Even though the castle is mostly a ruin, the towers are mostly intact and you can go all the way up for some stunning views of the ocean and the green meadows all around. Entrance to the castle is free for Explorer Scotland pass holders. The castle is a short bus ride from North Berwick. Beware there is only about 1 bus per hour so plan accordingly. If you're thinking of walking there, most of the way you'll be walking on the side of a highway, so taking the bus is definitely the safest and fastest option.
  • Stunning castle! The views are incredible and castle fascinating. It is pretty sizeable so plan some time and call ahead on windy days- that said, if you get cold easily bundle up- the top of the castle experiences strong winds off the sea and it's Scotland!

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