Tantallon Castle

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Tantallon Castle, a spectacular ruinous castle of the Douglas Earls of Angus, located in a pretty cliff top location near the East Lothian seaside town of North Berwick.Tantallon Castle: with doocot (© Martin Coventry)




Other Info
Open Apr-Sep, daily 9.30-17.30; Oct-Mar, daily 10.00-16.00; last ticket sold 30 mins before closing; closed 25/26 Dec and 1/2 Jan. Sales area.
Tel: 01620 892727 Web: www.historicenvironment.scot
Opening Hours
  • Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Closed now
  • Tue 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Haunt #1 - Ghostly/Figure walking
There are some stories the castle is haunted, and young people who had been paying an ‘out of hours’ visit to Tantallon were scared away by a figure walking along the battlements. An interesting photo was taken into the gatehouse, looking up towards an old doorway. This has been interpreted as an apparition, perhaps in a ruff, and got much coverage in the press, although it may just be a corporeal visitor.

One of the most dramatic and imposing of Scottish strongholds, Tantallon Castle was the mighty fortress of the powerful Red Douglas Earls of Angus, cutting off a cliff-top promontory with a huge wall, massive towers and a deep ditch, but finally attacked and partially destroyed in a siege of 1651.


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