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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.Plan your visit to Dirleton Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our North Berwick tour planner.
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We have Historic Scotland passes so really enjoy our days out using them. Our boys (aged 10 and 6) had a great time exploring this castle and gardens. The cheery and helpful guide was lovely with the ... more »
What a great place to visit. The grounds are well kept and very pretty. The Castle is incredibly interesting and I can imagine children would really enjoy it. There is a table in the gardens and bench... more »
Fantastic castle, a lot to see and good views around, Very pleasant garden and park around. Part of Historic Scotland. more »
I always enjoy this small castle. Interesting history and beautiful grounds. Great place to spend a couple of hours and a nice village to explore.
I dont really understand why we should pay to visit a ruin... We did not visit it after all but i find it dissapointing
Beautiful castle in beautiful area! Definitely worth a visit!
Great ruins, amazing doocot, friendly staff.
Wonderful area. Not ideal for disabled access but the lover level and the 'garden' area are well worth a trip .
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