The castle is a mid-14th-century fortress in East Lothian, Scotland. It sits on a promontory opposite the Bass Rock, looking out onto the Firth of Forth. Tantallon was the last medieval curtain wall castle to be constructed in Scotland consisting of a single wall blocking off the headland, with the other three sides naturally protected by sea cliffs. It survived two sieges intact but finally fell to the firepower of Cromwellian forces in 1651.
This is also the location of a very famous ghost photo which can be seen on paranormal investigator Richard Wiseman’s site.
The castle fell under siege and the inside looks like it’s falling apart. It’s fantastic.
Favorite castle we visited in Scotland. I can’t say how it rates among all of Scotland’s castles, though. We only had time to visit a church and 3 castles — Rosslyn chapel, Stirling, Doune, and Tantallon. We also drove by Edinburgh castle.
For some reason “The Little Mermaid” was stuck in my head the whole time I was here.
“ Tantallon Castle is a semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress, located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of North Berwick, in East Lothian, Scotland. It sits atop a promontory opposite the Bass Rock, looking out onto the Firth of Forth. The last medieval curtain wall castle to be constructed in Scotland, Tantallon comprises a single wall blocking off the headland, with the other three sides naturally protected by sea cliffs.
Tantallon was built in the mid 14th century by William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas. It was passed to his illegitimate son, George Douglas, later created Earl of Angus, and despite several sieges, it remained the property of his descendants for much of its history. It was besieged by King James IV in 1491, and again by his successor James V in 1528, when extensive damage was done. Tantallon saw action in the First Bishops’ War in 1639, and again during Oliver Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland in 1651, when it was once more severely damaged. It was sold by the Marquis of Douglas in 1699 to Hew Dalrymple, Lord North Berwick and the ruin is today in the care of Historic Scotland….” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantallon_Castle