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Dirleton Castle

Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
+44 1620 850330
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A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century. The renowned gardens include an Arts and Crafts herbaceous border and Victorian garden. The herbaceous border has been authenticated by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest.
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Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
+44 1620 850330
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Dirleton Castle and gardens was a lovely stop on our weekend of Scottish castles to explore. Easy access using Lothian bus 124 that took us right from downtown Edinburgh to the front door of Direlton Caste (an enjoyable 1 hour bus ride). Dirleton village also...More

Thank kkdk424
Reviewed 5 days ago

Such a gorgeous castle set in beautiful gardens and grounds. We had a great time exploring the different areas of the castle and enjoyed completing the quiz. The garden was in full bloom and was really beautiful. The views were great. We just missed a...More

Thank Lovek75
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The staff at Tantallon suggested a visit to this castle since it was so close and we were using an explorer pass. The grounds are well kept and very pretty. The castle ruins were interesting as well. Very nice visit.

Thank Aanuvane
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised and delighted at how interesting it was. Access to all the ruins was extensive. And the herbaceous border was beautiful- then there was the formal garden - so colourful. Staff were very friendly - I'll be visiting again.

Thank Ukuholic
Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite castle we visited during our two week trip of Scotland! Absolutely beautifully gardens & grounds. Enjoyed having free rein of the ruins and loved the artist renditions of what each area would have looked like during its prime. Wonderful visit!

Thank alihathaway24
Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle is well preserved and the information as you look at its various parts is well laid out. It is lovely to be able to go through rooms and clamber up steps, following those from many centuries before. Added bonus is the view from...More

Thank Wes B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with my wife and 2 children, the staff were friendly, courteous and helpful. The castle treasure hunt quiz is both entertaining and informative. The site manager dressed up as a knight and brought out some replica weapons and tools, in keeping with the castles...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my two grandchildren in the school holidays and it was great! The gardens are beautiful!! The castle is like a maze with lots of places to explore. There is a wee shop where you buy the tickets and you can buy tea, coffee,...More

Thank Joanie0457
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another castle that you need to see if you are in the North Berwick/East Lothian area. Great setting and well worth the time. Plan to spend about an hour here.

Thank messacar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Dirleton (again) on a visit to the famous Open Arms Hotel. There is something seriously awesome about a structure built to protect and defend Scottish nobility of the time which is still recognisable today. Feel the chill from the curtain wall and imagine the...More

Thank merrywanderer2017
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25 July 2017|
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Response from Brian S | Reviewed this property |
I was there with my 7 year old son & 5 year old daughter, for a 7 year old, the castle is easily accessible but for my daughter, the steep stone steps and narrow staircases caused a few problems. - lot of hand holding and... More
Nigel D
31 August 2016|
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Response from AsbelLhant | Reviewed this property |
*allowed Lol. If your dog barks too much you may be kicked out ;)
19 June 2016|
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Response from binaduncan | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be so long in replying we are staying where there is no internet connection. We travelled by bike so parking not a problem, in fact caretaker took our bikes into castle grounds! Dirleton is a quiet we place and... More