Dirleton Castle

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Dirleton, Dirleton, United Kingdom

Dirleton Castle Reviews

hujera hujera
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Medieval ruins of the castle Feb 04, 2013
This is another example of the great medieval castle (ruins now). This castle was influenced by 3 noblemen families, who modified it during the past centuries. You can even see a description of which stones were used in each period.

First family connected to the castle were Anglo-Norman knights de Vaux with their roots in northern France (Rouen). The other owner married the hairess after de Vaux family, as well as the last one Ruthvens married Haliburton's daughter.

The castle suffered from Anglo-Scottish wars and that is the reason for it being a ruin in these days. You can find preserved parts there though - e. g. kitchen with 2 huge fireplaces, the jail, amazing vaulted basement - some vaults are also preserved around and a beautiful beehive-shaped 'doocot' (dove cot or pigeon house) - a source of meat for the castle kitchen.

How to get to the castle? I took a train to North Berwick and walked about 2 miles (3.2 km) to Dirleton. You follow a road, but the path there is really good, so you don't interfere with the traffic.

As it was in February, the weather was changeable with a strong wind, but it doesn't need to be always like that.
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Once was a castle but now a ruin Dec 01, 2008
Visiting Direlton is something that will not take all day and should only be put into an itinery while visiting other attractions/historical sights in East Lothian. It great to see what once must have been quite a moderate castle in Scotland compared to more grandure ones such as Edinburgh and Stirling.

The area boasts lovely borders and is situated 2 miles out of North Berwick. Close by is Yellowcraigs beach which is a great place to take a walk and explore the lovely coast that East Lothian has to offer. There's also a nice BBQ area or take a nice little picnic.

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