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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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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.
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North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous landscapes on 3 sides and the beautiful water on 1 side. You will want to just stare at the shore line or watch the large boats move across the water. We saw lots of seagulls and even horses with their riders on a neighboring...More

Thank tjeason
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent a very pleasant couple of hours at Tantallon Castle. A medieval castle, ruined by Cromwell, set on the cliff tops, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and Bass Rock. If you feel energetic you can climb the internal stairs up to the...More

Thank Michele1106
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 William Douglas built this now ruinous castle in...More

Thank Paul I
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 imagine what this would have been like during its prime!

Thank zeusy33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 attacked by them. It only takes an hour to...More

Thank Neil L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's the most amazing Castle to visit. Atmospheric. Stunning heights. Awesome views. What's left of Tantallon clearly shows it's rich history and it's significance to this area. The interpretation doesn't do the story justice - read up before you go or when you leave. The...More

Thank Activesgreysyork
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tantalum Castle was a must visit on my trip to Scotland because my ancestors lived there back in the 1400s. Although there is not much of the castle remaining, the remaining curtain wall is very impressive. The view of Bass Rock is quite impressive, especially...More

Thank Chipchick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Weather was overcast but the atmosphere of this historical castle is enticing. We enjoyed investigating all the nooks and crannies. We felt like we had completed our exercises for the day by the time we had climbed to the top of...More

Thank Tolulla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Castle is set high on the cliffs overlooking the Forth and Bass Rock. If you like castles and history this is worth a visit.

Thank smithythemackem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We could see the castle from our B&B but still had to see it up close. The grounds are so well maintained and the views from the grounds were amazing. We had a beautiful blue sky day which made it perfect! This was one of...More

Thank Sue R
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I was thinking of visiting Tantallon, Dirleton, and Hailes Castles in one day and wondered how much time to budget for them.
18 August 2016|
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Response from Pink C | Reviewed this property |
We did a day tour to Tantallon and Dirleton from Edinburgh back in June. That was a full day. We left around 9:30 am and return to Edinburgh around 5 pm. Each castle takes about 2 hours. The view at Tantallon castle is... More
How far is it from Edinburgh - distance and driving time
22 June 2016|
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Response from MitchThomas | Reviewed this property |
Best to take the train from Edinburgh to North Berwick ( runs every 30 min-- about a 25 min ride) The castle is 3 miles from North Berwick. We took a taxi and arranged for the same cab to pick us up and take us back to... More
Can I bring my dog?
31 May 2016|
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Response from Natbeesfashionblog | Reviewed this property |
Yes of course, there were so many happy fellas running around the grounds :)