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Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle

Once home to the Red Douglas dynasty, Tantallon Castle dates from the 14th Century and is located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) east of North Berwick. It sits on a clifftop overlooking the Bass Rock and was the last mediaeval curtain wall castle to be built in Scotland.


Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Adult: £6.00
Child aged 5–15: £3.60
Child under 5: FREE
Concession: £4.80

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


26 March to 30 September:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 October to 31 March:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm


25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January


There is a small car park next to the visitors’ centre with two accessible parking spaces. There is also a larger car park (free parking) 400 metres away along a single track road.

Unexpected closures

Adverse weather or other reasons beyond the control of Historic Scotland may cause a site to close at short notice. Check the Historic Scotland website for unexpected closures before you travel.

How to get there

The scenic walk to the castle from North Berwick – with great views of the Bass Rock – is really only advisable on warm, dry summer days. It could be a bit challenging at other times of the year. Travelling by car is probably the best way to get there.

Eve Coaches do provide transport by bus to and from Tantallon Castle (on their North Berwick to Dunbar route). You can view their timetable here:

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Eve Coaches – Bus Routes in East Lothian

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