Tantallon Castle

Overlooking the Bass Rock on the edge of the coast are the ruins of Tantallon Castle. Dating back to the 14th century, Tantallon was the last medieval curtain wall to be built in Scotland. Now cared for by Historic Environment Scotland after centuries of sieges by warring families, the castle was used as a location for the 2013 film, Under the Skin.

This castle offers views over to the Bass Rock, a history of sieges since its origins in 1358 up to 1651 when it was finally conquered by Cromwell, rare castle architecture from the 14th century, a prison, outer ditch, towers, a huge curtain wall, many artefacts, a warren of stairs, rooms and passages and some would say a ghost from time to time. A must for all history lovers and photographers.

Follow the A198 out of North Berwick for about 4 miles and you’ll find a car park to the side of the road. The Visitor Centre can be found at the end of a lovely quarter mile walk and the castle is beyond this.

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