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“Atmospheric fortress”
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 May 2, 2013

The children loved clambering about the ruined castle - and descending into the depths of the dungeon. A great piece of history and an atmospheric place to steep kids in it.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Best "climbing" castle on our trip! Wonderful views out over the North Sea and the Firth of Forth, Bass Rock. We had a cool, but sunny afternoon to enjoy this one and loved every minute, both up high and down on the ground.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

A lovely walk up to the castle and the stunning seaviews over Bass Rock did not disappoint. On a lovely day, we could have spent hours here and would recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy lunch on the grassy area. Our 18 month old loved the runaround and would recommend to all families.

1  Thank Kirsteen M
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Went here, to make use of our membership and glad we did. The castle remains consist of an L shape, with lots to explore. There is good signage and displays both out and inside the castle. Word of warning, if taking little ones, keep them close, lots of openings, with just rails across and the grounds go right up to the cliff's edge. You can climb right up to the top, which gives amazing views of the Forth. Views, include the magnificent coastline and the world renowned Bass Rock - bring your binoculars (or pay 20p to use the one here). The grounds were immaculate when we visited. There is a small shop at the entrance and toilets just beyond (which were also immaculate). Parking is just off the main road, but if you drive up a few hundred metres, there are around a dozen or so spaces just next to the entrance. Well worth a visit.

Thank LCS-2006
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is one the most beautifully located castle. The stunning location – on a high cliff edge overlooking the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock. Visit to this castle was not on our hectic Iternary but we were glad that we saw this castle.

Thank Sanchita S
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