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Dirleton Castle, Dirleton

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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.
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  • On Dirleton Road in Dirleton is Dirleton Castle.....The 13th-century castle was smashed up by Oliver Cromwell in 1650 and rendered it useless.... except for history and castle hungry tourists! There i...  more »
  • Came upon this by accident, we'll worth the visit, lovely ruin, nice gardens.interesting history and staff very friendly.  more »
  • To get to the castle you pass through the beautiful castle gardens. The castle itself does not look like much from the outside but it is worth a visit. The area around the castle and gardens is lovely...  more »
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  • A smashing little castle to visit. It sits in its own grounds surrounded by a high wall,you enter via the shop where the friendly staff will help you with guidebooks etc if you require them,then after paying a very reasonable £6 you enter the castle grounds. The first thing you see is a lovely garden of flowers and on a fine day this really sets you up for the visit. The castle itself is largely intact and there are colourful boards describing the functions of the Warren of rooms and halls you can tour. On my visit there were many family groups and the kids were having a ball running about with swords etc. Well worth a visit overall.
  • Nice castle nice garden not very far from Edinburgh very good bus connection
  • It's a fantastic place in a very quiet location. There is a small parking space and also a playground just outside!
  • Fantastic place for a day out plenty of open spaces for a picnic
  • Fascinating buildings to explore and beautiful grounds to stroll around.

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