Luffness Castle Aberlady, History, Date, Historic East Lothian building on the coast, Scottish fort architecture

Luffness Castle : Historic Aberlady Building

East Lothian Architecture, Scotland 16th century T-plan towerhouse structure

post updated 16 December 2023

Edinburgh & Lothian

Location / Directions: off A198, 0.5m east of Aberlady

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Photo taken from the coast road between Aberlady and Gullane, looking southeast towards the property, photograph taken on 25 March 2018:
Luffness Castle Aberlady, East Lothian house
photo : Jim Barton / Luffness House, courtesy of wikimedia commons

Luffness Castle Aberlady

History: 13th century castle rebuilt in the 16th century as a T-plan Scottish Towerhouse.

Luffness Castle is located behind mature trees off the Aberlady to Gullane road, just east of Aberlady village, Luffness Castle (also known as Luffness House). Remains include a moat, earthworks, stair-tower, gun-loops, dovecote and turrets. See the wikipedia page on this historic Aberlady property.

The building was reputedly built for the Earls of Dunbar and March. At one point the House became a monastery. The Hope family gained Luffness in the 18th century.

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After the Reformation Sir Patrick Hepburn of Waughton acquired the property, and the Hepburn Earls of Bothwell gained possession in due time. Mary, Queen of Scots, visited Luffness in the company of her third husband, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell.

The house, which lies in a wooded estate not far from Aberlady Bay, is now a T-plan building, incorporating the 16th-century tower house. It was added to and altered in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. A moat, earthworks, a stair-tower, gun-loops, and a turret remain from earlier periods.

The walled fruit garden was built by Prisoners of War of the Napoleonic Wars.
source: wikipedia

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image © Adrian Welch
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Dunbar Castle, East Lothian
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Hailes Castle, east of Haddington, East Lothian
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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Old Town, Edinburgh
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Craigmillar Castle, ruined medieval fort three miles south-east of the Scottish capital city centre
Craigmillar Castle

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