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N 40 B 5.0K C 11 E Sep 17, 2019 F Sep 25, 2019
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I hadn't heard of Dirleton Castle and gardens until our latest visit to East Lothian when we deliberately set out to find some new places to explore. This is just a couple of miles east of North Berwick and dates from the 13th century. It was severely damaged by wars in the Middle Ages and was finally attacked by Oliver Cromwell's army in 1650. It has been disused since the end of the 17th century when its then owner, John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton, decided to build a new country house on the nearby Archerfield Estate. The Nisbet family of Dirleton continued to maintain the castle's gardens, before handing Dirleton into state care in 1923. The ruins and gardens are now maintained by Historic Environment Scotland.

Tags:   Scotland East Lothian Dirleton Castle medieval buildings ruins

N 35 B 3.8K C 12 E Sep 17, 2019 F Sep 24, 2019
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I hadn't heard of Dirleton Castle and gardens until our latest visit to East Lothian when we deliberately set out to find some new places to explore. Judy, my wife, was so impressed we went back a second time. The oldest parts of the castle such as the keep (pictured) date to the 13th century, and it was abandoned by the end of the 17th century.

Begun in around 1240 by John De Vaux, the castle was heavily damaged during the Wars of Scottish Independence, when it was twice taken by the English. In the 14th century, Dirleton was repaired by the Haliburton family, and it was acquired by the Ruthvens in 1505. The Ruthvens were involved in several plots against Mary, Queen of Scots, and King James VI, and eventually forfeited the castle in 1600. Dirleton ceased to be a residence, although Oliver Cromwell was forced to besiege the castle to flush out a band of "mosstroopers" (marauders), during the Third English Civil War in 1650. The damaged castle was then acquired by John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton, who decided to build a new country house on the nearby Archerfield Estate. The Nisbet family of Dirleton continued to maintain the castle's gardens, before handing Dirleton into state care in 1923. The ruins and gardens are now maintained by Historic Environment Scotland.

Our English Heritage membership gave us free entry.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Tags:   Scotland East Lothian Dirleton Castle medieval buildings ruins

N 38 B 2.5K C 14 E Sep 17, 2019 F Sep 24, 2019
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There is lots to explore at Dirleton Castle and grounds, near North Berwick in East Lothian, and it is a photographer's delight. The castle dates from the 13th century but was badly damaged in various wars and has not been used since the end of the 17th century.

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N 22 B 2.3K C 7 E Sep 17, 2019 F Sep 25, 2019
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Dirleton Castle and its beautiful grounds and gardens are just a couple of miles to the west of North Berwick in East Lothian. The earliest parts of the castle date from the late 1200s. It was badly damaged in several wars in the Middle Ages and has not been used as a residence since the middle of the 17th century. Dirleton came into state care in 1923 and the ruins and gardens are now maintained by Historic Environment Scotland. The Firth of Forth can be seen in the distance.

Tags:   Scotland East Lothian Dirleton Castle medieval buildings ruins Historic Environment Scotland

N 23 B 1.9K C 6 E Sep 17, 2019 F Sep 25, 2019
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Although Dirleton Castle in East Lothian is a ruin a substantial amount of the building remains intact and is open to visitors. The
castle and its beautiful grounds and gardens are just a couple of miles to the west of North Berwick in East Lothian. The earliest parts of the castle date from the late 1200s.

Tags:   Scotland East Lothian Dirleton Castle medieval buildings ruins Historic Environment Scotland


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