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"Tantallon Castle" Daytrips Tip by roamer61

Daytrips, Edinburgh: 44 reviews and 79 photos


A worthy destination for those who love ruined medieval castles is Tantallon Castle, a short drive to the coast, east of Edinburgh proper. Built in the 14th Century (1300s) as a stronghold of one of the powerful scottish clans, the Douglas Clan, its curtain walls and bastions are testimony to its might. Heavily damaged by canon fire during the the period of the English Civil War, it was soon afterwards abandoned and allowed to fall into ruin. It is a romantic site, overlooking the sea. Below, kittiwakes (a kind of gull) can be seen. The dungeon is accessible and gives one an idea of the way it was 600 years ago. Tantallon Castle is a must for history buffs, lovers of medieval castles or anyone who wants to go someplace off the main tourist routes.

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2004
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