Hailes Castle Photos, Location, Date, East Lothian Building Images, Historic Scottish Architecture Pictures
Hailes Castle, Scotland : Architecture
Historic Building east of Haddington, East Lothian, southeastern Scotland, UK
post updated 20 December 2021
East Lothian, Scotland
Location: 1.5m south-west of East Linton, east of Haddington
The castle stands on a promontory on the Scottish River Tyne, blocking its strategic route, and preying on the route to Edinburgh. Within the 13th century curtain wall is the 14th century keep, to which ranges were added in the next two centuries.
The major remaining works is the West Tower, a square donjon, which dwarfs the remains of the central tower that the Gourlays built, probably a rebuilding on the 16th century. Fifteenth century work includes a roofless chamber in which the remains of what appear to be an ambry and a piscina suggest it was a chapel rather than a hall.
There is also a vaulted basement bakehouse and brewhouse from this period. The original tower was used as a dovecot after it ceased to be occupied. Of the East Tower, only a finger of stonework remains.
Hailes Castle is now a ruin overlooking the River Tyne.
The building incorporates a fortified manor of 13th century, extended in the 14th & 15th centuries.
Views above of Hailes Castle doocots
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Hailes Castle located southwest of East Linton.
Castles in East Lothian near to Hailes Castle
photo © Adrian Welch
picture © Adrian Welch
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