Hailes Castle, East Linton

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Hailes Castle is a mainly 14th century castle about a mile and a half south-west of East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland. This castle, which has a fine riverside setting, belonged to the Hepburn family during the most important centuries of its existence. Since 1926, it has been the subject of a state-sponsored guardianship agreement, which is now under the auspices of Historic Scotland as a scheduled monument.It is open to the public without charge at all reasonable times.ProprietorsThe castle was founded as a fortified tower house by Hugo de Gourlay before 1300, making it one of the oldest constructions of its kind in Scotland. The superiority of the lands was held by the Earls of Dunbar and March. The de Gourlays, a Northumbrian family, supported the English in the Wars of Independence, and their land was forfeited by order of the Scottish Crown. Hailes Castle and lands were then confirmed upon another Northumbrian, Sir Adam de Hepburn (d. before 1371), who, in the reign of David II, had a charter of the lands of Traprain, and Southalls and Northalls (now united and called Hailes) in Haddingtonshire, as well as the lands of Mersingtoun, Cockburnspath, and Rollanstoun in Berwickshire.
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  • Hidden off the road beautiful unmanned castle owned by historic Scotland love walking through the grounds and castle and all you can hear is the river and the birds nice place for a picnic  more »
  • Superb peaceful csstle to visit, the sense of history is heavy in the air, sensational views across East Lothian farmlands  more »
  • You will pass this castle if you take the lovely walk along the River Tyne from Haddington to East Linton. The ruins are very impressive and quite atmospheric. It is strange to come across them out ap...  more »
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  • Hailes Castle is a large ruin worth going out of your way to visit... The entry road is so narrow, it really should be one way, and there are very few parking options, but the Castle is situated beside a fabulous little stream and many of the walls are mostly intact enough for you to get a good feel of the spectacle. Adequate information signs give us a great insight into the Royal connections too.
  • Wonderful secluded castle tucked out of the way, but well worth going to visit. Tranquil area, near a river and brook that feeds into it with nice views of the valley and surrounding area. The area is well kept and has a nice area for picnics with some benches and some steps down to the river. Disabled access is not really available to anyone who cannot walk, the gate and the path across the brook are not navigable really, though pushchairs will be ok if you can get it over (or will fit through) the main gate in. The road down to the castle is single track with a few places to pass, but not many and parking has space on the road near the castle but only for about four cars maximum.
  • Good amount of information provided with lovely views of the river and surrounding countryside. Look out for the baby mice living in the wall, so cute ;)
  • Free, not very big, hard to park but interesting
  • A wonderful hidden gem!

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