Dirleton Castle, East Lothian

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Dirleton Castle, Scotland : Building

Historic Scottish Building, East Lothian, south east Scotland, UK

post updated 20 December 2021

Dirleton Castle Scotland

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Edinburgh & Lothian

Address: Dirleton, East Lothian

Dirleton Castle

Location: 2m west of North Berwick on the A198, entry from village green

This Scottish fortification was built in the 12th century.

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Dirleton Castle Scotland
photograph © Adrian Welch

Dirleton Castle stands on a rocky outcrop, at the heart of the rich agricultural lands of the barony of Dirleton, and guards the coastal approach to Edinburgh from England, via the port of North Berwick. The ruins comprise a 13th-century keep, and a 16th-century house which the Ruthvens built adjacent.

Only the basement levels survive of the 14th- and 15th-century additions built by the Haliburtons, although these comprised a large hall and tower house along the east range.

Other buildings within the courtyard have also been demolished. Surrounding the castle are gardens, which may have been first laid out in the 16th century, although the present planting is largely of the 20th century.


telephone: +44 (0)1620 850330

e-mail: hs.explorer(at)scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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