1 Tantallon Castle
One of Scotland’s most stunningly situated castles, set on a cliff edge close to the seaside town of North Berwick. Wander through this red sandstone castle and enjoy unique views of the Forth Estuary and North Sea. The Bass Rock with its seabird colonies can also be best seen from this cliff. The caste has been a popular filming location due to its unique location.
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2 Inchcolm Abbey
The remarkable Inchcolm island can only be reached by boat and is home to one of the most complete medieval abbeys in Scotland. Drink in fantastic views of the Firth of Forth from the Bell Tower and visit the near-complete cloister chapter house. The island can be accessed by ferry from the seaside town South Queensferry.
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3 Blackness Castle
Known as ‘the ship that never sailed’ for its boat-like shape, this largely intact castle has recently been made famous by Outlander and the film Mary Queen of Scots. It was built in the 1400s and its powerful defences once guarded the firth of forth. The castle was once a besieged coastal stronghold and served as both a jail for political prisoners and a Victorian ammunitions depot.
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4 Linlithgow Palace
This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and its high towers look down over Linlithgow Loch. The loch is an important refuge for wildlife and a ranger service operates on site. You can also find an elaborate fountain inside the palace, which can be seen in action each July and August.
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5 Trinity House
Step into this treasure chest of maritime heritage and discover an unparalleled collection of wonders gathered over centuries by Leith’s mariners. Admire paintings, a French Tricolour from the Battle of Trafalgar, and a 200-year-old whaling harpoon as well as historic ship models.
A special Coasts and Waters exhibition, Docks and Dockers, will open at Trinity House in June. More information coming soon.
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