Tantallon Castle is all about scale. Its huge size makes this one of the most impressive fortresses in the Scottish Lowlands, with a four metre-thick curtain wall protecting a large inner ward. Built by William Douglas in the mid-1300's, custodians Historic Scotland describe it as "Scotland's last great medieval castle", starkly defensive and almost completely lacking windows. On approach the clifftop castle looks one-dimensional, but crossing the bridge and passing through the single entrance portal reveals several subsidiary buildings and three great towers built into the curtain wall. Steps - lots of them - go all the way to the top for great views over the site and out towards Bass Rock.
Name: Tantallon Castle ★★★★☆
Location: Off the A198 3 miles east of North Berwick, G.R.: NT 596850 / bagpipes guilty declares
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £5.50 (adults), £3.30 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
|[View from inside the curtain wall]|