Tantallon Castle

East Lothian | North Berwick | Castle | ★★★★

[Tantallon Castle]

Tantallon Castle is all about scale. Its huge size makes this one of the most impressive fortresses in the Scottish Lowlands, with a 4 metre-thick curtain wall protecting a large inner ward. Built by William Douglas in the mid-1300s, 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.


Location & info

📌 Tantallon Castle ★★★★
Off A198 3 miles east of North Berwick, G.R.: NT 596850 ///bagpipes.guilty.declares
Open daily | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[View from inside the curtain wall]


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