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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm





A small car park next to the visitor centre has two accessible spaces. It is level tarmac.

There is a larger car park about 400m from the visitor centre.

Approach to site

The castle is 250m from the visitor centre, along a gently sloping grass pathway (steepest gradient 1:10) and over a timber bridge.

Visitor centre

Entry is through a door 91cm wide, accessed by either a 1:20 ramp or three steps.


Entry to the castle is over a 6m section of cobbles. Inside is a grass courtyard, from which the whole castle can be seen and there is a good view of the Bass Rock.

The ground level has steps to:

  • the kitchen
  • several storage cellars

Upper levels:

  • include the great hall and battlements
  • are reached by a series of uneven stone staircases, both straight and spiral

The dovecot is 40m off the main pathway to the castle. It is reached via a short-cut grass path.


The grass-covered castle grounds have:

  • no marked paths except those to the castle and dovecot
  • several dips and rises


An adapted toilet is next to the visitor centre.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Tantallon Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

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