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Tantallon Castle

Seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle is a formidable stronghold that stands on a cliff overlooking the Firth of Forth. It was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland.

Tantallon served as a fortification for more than three centuries and endured three major sieges.

Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view from the battlements, admire wild flowers in season and soak up the history of the last of the grand medieval castles. Refreshments are available in the visitor centre.


  • The stunning location – on a high cliff edge overlooking the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock.
  • The mighty stone curtain wall – absolutely the best castle architecture of the 1300s anywhere in Scotland.
  • The replica gun in the east tower – an exact reproduction of the kind of gun that would have been used to defend the castle against James IV in 1491 and James V in 1528.
  • The wildlife – rare flora and fauna inhabit the large promontory.
  • The castle has recently been the focus of archaeological investigation, adding to our knowledge about it.

Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH39 5PN

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Tantallon Castle

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6 October 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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