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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
01620 892 727
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
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Austin, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This old ruin of a castle is well worth a visit. We almost didn't go, but at the least minute decided to drop in. The views are magnificent - love the Bass Rock offshore covered with birds. you can walk through the castle fairly easily. If you don't like heights, give the top a pass. I'm glad we stopped. Recommend... More

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Nairn, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The views from the castle were stunning. A telescope could be used to see the birds on the bass rock and the surrounding seas. Even as a ruin the castle was interesting to explore. Prices were reasonable and when you climbed to the top of the castle the views were even better. Fairly interesting part of the day spent.

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Athens, GA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Tantallon Castle is a simple semi-ruined castle that boasts a spectacular view of the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock. My wife and I were visiting several sites in East Lothian, but decided at the last minute to skip a planned boat trip to Bass Rock. Since we had some “free” time and Tantallon was in the area, we drove... More

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south carolina
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207 reviews 207 reviews
63 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Almost did not stop but was highly recommended by a local and boy are we glad we did. This was a grand large castle at one time and steeped in rich history. Going through the ruins was superb but the views are outstanding! Great place for a picnic as you soak in the scenery. Relaxing! My photographer husband was blown... More

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Coral Gables, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Tantallon castle is a rough, desolate looking place but if you stand along the battlements you can almost see its history playing out before your eyes. It is so much better to walk among ruins than the best restoration to get a feel for a place. This castle remains one of my best memories of Scotland.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It was freezing cold, pouring with rain and so windy when we visited Tantallon, but we all still really enjoyed our visit. The castle is in a great location, and I'm sure the views would be lovely on a clear day. The staff members were also very friendly. We were all glad we made the decision to visit, as we... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Substantial ruins with lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore and stairs to climb for the fit and enthusiastic. Great views of the coast and the Bass Rock.

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Montgomery, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was my first castle to visit while on a visit to Scotland. Even though this is no longer inhabited, it is such an interesting place. Consider how this was built long before there were any sophisticated machines or instruments to level walls and floors. It is mind-boggling to think of the labor that was required to build a structure... More

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Midhurst, Ontario
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92 reviews 92 reviews
23 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We loved visiting Tantallon. The view to Bass Rock is outstanding. The ruins are beautiful and you are able to climb to amazing heights offering terrific views. It is well worth the visit. Our kids ages 8 and 10 loved it.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A lovely trip to North Berwick isn't complete without a visit to Tantallon Castle. A friend and I walked there, it's a few km from town (manageable, but a bit of a walk). It cost £5.50 for an adult and is well worth the fee. The castle itself is set back a bit from the admission area, allowing you to... More

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