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Review of Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle
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Owner description: Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. 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. The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown. It was besieged by both James IV and James V but was ultimately destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in a siege of 1651. Many artefacts are displayed to help tell its dramatic stories.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

This is one of the last giant medieval castles with battlements that sit high above the North Sea entrance to the Firth of Forth. It also has a massive red sandstone curtain wall that is really impressive. The location of this castle on a wind swept cliff can't be beat

There is also a very impressive set of artefacts that are available for viewing

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

WOW! This place is incredible. I love castles where you have to use your imagination a little. This place is amazingly intact for its location and age. The site has a number of signs which show you how it likely was oh so long ago and you can visualize it while taking in incredible views in every direction. It's 10 minutes from the town and easy to get to. It wasn't crowded when we stopped by late in the afternoon.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

All the tour is a must go if you love castle and old history. Paced in a strategic location, Tantallan Castle has been though attacks after attacks across the years. There's no much infrastructure and is a good exercise up and down, but you'll enjoy the natural preserved castle. You also can walk for about an hour from the station while you behold the breaches.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Emerson_pestana
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Tantallon Castle is one of the most dramatic edifices in Scotland, situated atop a cliff and overlooking Bass Rock. Time and Cromwell have taken their toll and few rooms are still roofed, which means that, especially on a blustery day, most of the building resembles an Arctic wind tunnel, which is moreover surrounded by mud. Coming from North Berwick by public transport requires careful planning, given that, on public holidays at least, there is only one bus every two hours. We decided, upon leaving the castle, that walking back into town would be quicker than waiting for the next bus; unfortunately the road is, in some places, effectively a kind of quag.
One can easily while away an hour marvelling at all the old walls, the remnants of the kitchen and brewhouse, the towers, the stairwells and the dungeons, but be prepared to dress warm and put gloves on, and check the bus timetables. The location is very exposed and continual drizzle and strong winds soon create a sub-zero effect. There is no on-site tea room; chocolate and crisps at slightly inflated prices are available from the gift shop.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Tom_Pandelaere
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

After having visited Dirleton Castle which is nearby, I stopped in at this Castle.
What a difference a location can make!
Both sites were sunny, but with Tantallon being on the coast it was so blustery that I was nearly knocked off my feet at times!!
By the way Historic Scotland, if the wind is typical for this Castle, you should consider selling kites!!
The Castle is really good, but you do need to be able to get around. I saw a couple with a pram, having difficulty with the damp ground, so I would suggest that anyone in a wheelchair may need to go on a day when the ground has dried out! But I am sure a phonecall to the site will let you know if they would advise going or not!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank DonaldM739
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