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Tantallon Castle

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HISTORY

It is a unique semi-ruined fortress from the mid-14th century, built in the mid-14th century by William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas. This formidable fortification endured frequent sieges, the three largest being in 1491, 1528 and 1651. In the latter, the army under the command of Oliver Cromwell, destroyed it. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

It rises in a dominant position at the top of the cliffs, composed of a single wall blocking the promontory, with the other three sides naturally protected by cliffs. The southeast, northeast and northwest approaches are naturally defended by steep cliffs and have only been protected by relatively small defensive walls. To the southwest, a massive wall of local red sandstone blocks the end of the coastal promontory, which forms the inner courtyard, perfect for hosting a magnificent wedding.

CURIOSITIES

Considered as the last great medieval walled castle built in Scotland, characterized by thick stone walls and large towers. It served as a location for the children's television series Shoebox.

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