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How to visit: Tantallon Castle and Bass Rock

Tantallon Castle sits on a dramatic cliff face just south of North Berwick in East Lothian. Dating from the 1300s and having weathered three sieges, the castle is Scotland’s last great surviving medieval castle.

Let’s head inside. Here is how to visit Tantallon Castle.

Tantallon Castle
Bass Rock from Tantallon Castle

Visiting Tantallon Castle

From the car park, Tantallon Castle is rather formidable.

When o’er a height they pass’d, and, sudden, close before them show’d his towers, Tantallon vast. Broad, massive, high, and stretching far and held impregnable in war. On a projecting rock they rose and round three sides the ocean flows. The fourth did battled walls enclose…Walter Scott’s Marmion describing Tantallon Castle.

Scott’s epic romantic poem was written in 1808, long after the castle was abandoned. Did you know that Marmion also gave us the line famous line, oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive?  You really do learn something new every day. 

The castle was left in its current state by Oliver Cromwell who bombarded it in 1651, whilst it was abandoned after his visit, he still failed to bring down the formidable 50ft high red sandstone curtain wall.

Inside the castle there are enough of the towers still standing to enjoy a good hour exploring the rooftops. The castle also has fabulous views of the thousands of seabirds who make Bass Rock their home.

However, it is the location on the cliff top that really makes Tantallon something special. Head to nearby Seacliff beach to really get an idea of just how formidable this castle really was.

The castle is even more spectacular from the sky!

Bass Rock from Tantallon Castle
Bass Rock
Tantallon Castle from Seacliff

How to visit Tantallon Castle

The Castle is managed by Historic Scotland and costs £5.50 / £3.30 to enter. Free for members. Watch out for closures during bad weather, its location on the coast means high winds are common. The castle is a 45-minute drive from Edinburgh city centre or take the train to North Berwick and take Eve Bus no 120 (Dunbar) to Tantallon Castle. You can view the Eve Bus 120 timetable online.

Love, from Scotland x

Our Seaside Baby

Saturday 7th of May 2016

Stunning photographs as always. The views are amazing as is the castle! Love how you've captured different perspectives. Thanks for linking up to #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x


Monday 2nd of May 2016

Lovely photos of such a awesome piece of Scottish history


Thursday 28th of April 2016

Another castle to add to the list for when we're visiting! Lovely photos - especially the view of Bass Rock throgh the slit in the castle wall.

theRedPhoneBox (@redphoneboxblog)

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

beautiful post!


Monday 25th of April 2016

Love these pics!


Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Thanks Paula!