Scottish Castles of East Lothian

April 17, 2018

East Lothian is barely one hour from the capital of Edinburgh and yet it feels a world away from the city. Small towns and villages dot the rolling farmland. Along the coastline the history and heritage is amazing – yet the visitors are much less than in other parts of the country. A great combination for our tours to East Lothian!

More than 1000 recesses are inside this delightful 16th-century dovecot at Dirleton Castle in East Lothian. This is a quieter corner of Scotland, yes there is so much of interest to see and explore. Dirleton Castle was as much a place for gracious living as it was for defence. Three noble families owned it over a period spanning 400 years.

For most of its life this lovely castle was a stately home and the spacious grounds are now a wonderful garden – a delight to see over all the summer months. We visited Dirleton after exploring the magnificent Tantallon Castle with the stunning clifftop location. It is amazing how much of this castle is still standing and the high curtain wall gives a real impression of the stature of this building when the famous Douglas family. The “Red Douglasses” became one of the most influential families in Scotland and held the castle for 300 years.

If you plan to come with us on a visit to this region in the summer months this is a great time to take a boat trip to see the wonderful birds along this coastline. The Puffins and Gannets are popular amongst all visitors and photographers take great delight at their antics.

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