Visible for miles miles around, the castle, situated as it is out on the point, is one of the favourite scenes for painters and photographers.
The castle was built for the defence of the harbour in 1543, using the stone from the ruins of the Priory. It never actually saw any enemy action, however, and once Scotland and England united it lost all military importance.
It fell into disuse, until in 1903, Edward Hudson found the ruin and, with the skill of the architect Sir Edward Lutyens, restored it as his family home.
Today, it is open to the public between 1st April and the end of October, daily except Friday, 1200 -1500, according to tide times. If you intend to visit, and wish to check opening times against crossing times phone 01289 389244
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