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Tantallon Castle

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Address: North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
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Ascend Tantallon's towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to...

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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Not the Usual Castle

So castles are everywhere in Scotland and England, and mostly, if you've seen one, you've seen them all. This one, however, is a ruins, not specifically made for tourists, so... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

So castles are everywhere in Scotland and England, and mostly, if you've seen one, you've seen them all. This one, however, is a ruins, not specifically made for tourists, so it's a little scary with climbing the stairs and looking over the walls. It was a pretty great experience being there and seeing it that way, so close to the... More 

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My friend and I were walking our dogs late afternoon (4.45) and we saw a beautiful ruin on the edge of the ocean. We thought it would be nice to get a closer look so we followed a path that led us to a hut that had been erected in order to take £6 from visitors wishing to enter. There... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After missing the boat at North Berwick (quite literally) we were looking for something else to do to occupy a 3 and a 5 year old. We thought we'd try Tantallon even though it didn't look like much from the road. Very pleasantly surprised. Has lots of information and lots of nooks and crannies for explore. We took a picnic... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Skip gym visiting this place -lots of stairs running back and forth. A bit like a labyrinth with amazing views both on countryside and sea. Really calm place to spend some time with yourself. Its quite windy there and better stay away if its raining.

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Thank Mokkoi
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The first part of this castle was built in the 14th century probably for William First Earl of Douglas. He was certainly in residence there in 1374. It then passed to his illegitimate son, George First Earl of Angus. The Red Angus' family thereafter owned the castle on an off for the next couple of centuries. Under James V the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Discovered this beautiful castle while road tripping in East Lothian! Little off the beaten track and there is car parking close to the entrance although your encouraged to walk a little bit! Incredible views!

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Went to tantallon castle yesterday and it was a fantastic day out. The setting is just beautiful with a great view out to bass rock. There are lots of stories throughout the ruins in plaques on the wall that are both informative and insightful. Really gives you a sense of what it might have been like to live there when... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Tantallon Castle in April and thought it fairly good value for money. The setting on a cliff top is spectacular and although a ruin, there's loads to see and wander round. There are story boards that bring to life the sieges and battles that were once fought at the castle, you really get a vivid picture of what... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Forget the tourist trap in Edinburgh, and hitch a ride out here to a serious castle which has seen some serious action too - the cannon-shot holes are still quite visible. On a scenic site next to a conic volcano, with a fine view of Bass Rock, this is an amazing spot for a seaside picnic as well as a... More 

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