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Dirleton Castle, Dirleton

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4.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Dirleton Castle is a medieval fortress in the village of Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland. It lies around 2mi west of North Berwick, and around 19mi east of Edinburgh. The oldest parts of the castle 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 Scotland.
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  • We paid a visit one morning from Edinburgh and after an unwelcoming visit to the pub opposite we were pleased to find a helpful and friendly young man on the desk. I was looking forward to seeing the ...  read more »
  • This castle is great and a very nice way to spend a day there is loads to explore and the staff are very informative but it can be hard or dangerous to get to some areas as i am dysprixic this is a pr...  read more »
  • This castle has so many little rooms and hallways to explore that you feel like a kid in a play fort. The castle is relatively small but much is still intact. With all of the accessible rooms and wall...  read more »
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