Dirleton Castle is a magnificent romantic castle for all the family to explore in the picturesque village of Direlton. With its colourful blend of traditional formal gardens and more contemporary plantings including the world’s longest herbaceous border.
Ownership of Dirleton Castle passed back and forth between the Scots and the English during the wars of independence of the 1200s and 1300s., and it was finally slighted by Robert the Bruce after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 to prevent its further future use by the English.
The remains of the castle has passed from the de Vaux family to the Halyburton family by marriage in the mid 1300s. From from the de Vaux family to the Halyburton family by marriage in the mid 1300s. The Halyburton spent a good part of the following hundred years rebuilding and redeveloping Dirleton Castle.
Dirleton Castle’s end came with the arrival of Oliver Cromwell to Scotland , as it was used as a base by moss-troopers attacking his supply routes during his invasion of Scotland. Retribution, in the form of General Monck arrived in 1651 and the castle was badly damaged by his cannons during its capture.
Yellowcraig Beach and its outdoor playground is close by.
Summer: April – September, 9.30 to 5.30pm
Winter: October – March, 9.30 to 4.30pm
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