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Go wild at Tantallon!

25 June 2009

Tantallon Castle – the formidable stronghold set on cliffs overlooking the the Firth of Forth - has endured countless sieges through the ages and witnessed many wild times - but this weekend, the castle is hosting a ‘wild event’ with a difference.

On Sunday 28th June, Tantallon Goes Wild! welcomes all ages to take part in a series of family-aimed nature-appreciation activities from 11am – 3pm.  

Organised by Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service, the varied programme includes guided walks every hour, mammal trails, environmental art and hands-on activities.

Graham Checkley of the Ranger Service said: “The grounds around Tantallon and clifftops are a great natural habitat for wildlife, especially of course, numerous species of seabirds.  From the castle there are stunning views over the Firth of Forth to the Bass Rock with its colony of gannets, and fulmars and other seabirds nest on the cliffs below Tantallon.

“Our Tantallon Goes Wild! event, which is aimed at children and adults, aims to highlight the wide range of birds and animal species which live, visit or breed here, and to encourage local people and visitors to appreciate these and the natural environment around this incredible castle.”

The event is included in the normal admission price to the castle (adult £4.70, child £2.35 and concessions £3.70).

Notes for editors

  • Tantallon Castle, situated 3 miles east of North Berwick off the A198 (Postcode EH39 5PN), is in the care of Historic Scotland, which is responsible for maintaining the historic property and its natural environment, and presenting them for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors. Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service provides a range of important nature conservation and educational services.

  • Historic Scotland cares for over 345 heritage properties and sites throughout Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders, ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting Scotland’s Homecoming 2009 with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871