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#95953 - 08/01/18 02:02 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are walking into North Berwick town centre...

A water fountain at the Quadrant


The war memorial and ornamental garden in the town centre






The High Street




Down at the seafront


Part of what is known as "The Lodge)


My view from the van


This is the life...


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#95954 - 08/02/18 02:18 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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As you can see from the photos, the hot spell of weather continues as we enjoy the fist stop of a three week road trip.

We are in the town of North Berwick in East Lothian,
approximately 25 miles (40 km) South-East of Edinburgh.

This is the east beach on the south shore of the Firth of Forth


It is quite a rugged coastline


North Berwick became a fashionable holiday resort in the nineteenth century


This was because of its two sandy bays. This is the East (or Milsey) Bay


Many of these homes provide Bed and Breakfast for holidaymakers and tourists



There are golf courses at the ends of each bay which are open to visitors


The courses are of course links courses


This is known as The Lodge


Built in the 18th centuary


It was originally a dower house - a moderately large house available for use by the widow of the estate-owner.







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#95955 - 08/03/18 02:43 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The Lodge in North Berwick has extensive ornamental gardens





I came across this ruin- let's have a closer look


This is St Andrews's Kirk, Ports


It is just a few yards south of North Berwick's High Street and parallel with it is the street known as Kirk Ports


In 1883 a new parish church, also dedicated to St Andrew, was built in North Berwick's High Street by the architect Robert Rowand Anderson. The congregation simply relocated to the new church, and the old one on Kirk Ports fell into disuse.


The surrounding kirkyard is home to a number of interesting monuments.


These include the graves of Allison Meek, who died at the age of 1 in 1714 and her brother Allexander Meek who died in 1719 at the age of 2.


Nearby is a table monument which commemorates John Blackadder, who died, it says, "on the Bass after five years imprisonment" in 1686.


This turns out to be the final resting place of the Rev John Blackadder, a preacher and staunch Covenanter who was imprisoned on Bass Rock and who, after his death there, became a notable martyr to his cause


Information Source: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/northberwick/parishkirk/index.html

Dirleton - a pretty village and a magnificent castle...
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#95956 - 08/04/18 02:24 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Our explorations in East Lothian continue as we head to the village of Dirleton, a couple of miles west of North Berwick and 20 miles east of Ediburgh...

The village square





Dirleton Castle is a well-preserved medieval fortress, which today belongs to Historic Scotland




Let's head inside




It was built in the middle of the twelfth century by a branch of the Anglo-Norman family of De Vaux, a family with its origins in Rouen, Normandy. This is the gazebo at the entrance to the grounds




It has views over the ornamental gardens


It also houses information and artefacts from the past...
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#95958 - 08/05/18 03:03 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are exploring the 13th Century Dirleton Castle in the village of Dirleton in North Berwick...

The gazebo at the entrance has some great information and photographs.

History of the castle


Ancient atrefacts








Lets head outside




Apparently, the magnificent garden is in the Guinness Book of Records certifies as being home to the world's longest herbaceous border.






This week's Sunday Snaps can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-44984300


The extensive grounds are deceptively large and contained within a the estate wall. It can take some time to explore.

The Doocot and the castle...


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#95959 - 08/06/18 02:35 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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These may have been part of the quarters at the castle


At Dirleton Castle. there is more to the garden than meets the eye. Viewed from the village you can see it contains an attractive domed dovecote. And from some angles you can also catch glimpses of a more substantial structure hiding amongst the trees.


As you make your way through the trees you suddenly find yourself confronted by the sight of a great building.


Dirleton Castle comes into view, perched impressively on a ridge


This is a Thuja tree - part of the Cypress family


It looks as though it is tired and is lying down


For 800 years, Dirleton Castle has been perched on this outcrop. The entrance bridge and gatehouse


The first owners were the De Vaux family in the 1100s

The castle commands great views


What used to be a wooden castle was replace by stone in the 1200's


Let's head inside...
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#95960 - 08/07/18 02:36 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are heading inside Dirleton Castle near North Berwick...

The courtyard


Just inside the entrance is the guardroom


and stairs leading to a tower


The living quarters


with the servants quarters and servery below. It was later moved




A view from a typical window


Perhaps a sitting room


with its fireplace


and window seats


The castle has many rooms...
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#95961 - 08/08/18 02:08 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are exploring the ruins of the 13th Century Dirleton Castle, near North Berwick...

A window in the lord's chamber








Well worn steps


Leading to great views










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 future use by the English. The main surviving elements from this period lie at the south end of the castle, with the most impressive being the huge drum tower or donjon. This originally stood a storey higher than it does today, and the main floor formed the lord's hall, with a kitchen below.

Information Source: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dirleton/dirletoncastle/index.html
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#95962 - 08/09/18 02:16 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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A number of prominent families have stayed in Dirleton Castle over the centuries with each family adding a unique feature...

The remains of the castle passed from the de Vaux family to the Halyburton family by marriage in the mid 1300s.


They spent a good part of the following hundred years rebuilding and redeveloping Dirleton Castle.


Large parts of the castle can be traced back to this period, including the extremely strong gatehouse, which would have provided the main entrance to the castle.


The modern access bridge occupies the site of the original drawbridge.


The Halyburton's made changes to the whole of the east side of the castle.


At first floor level, now open to the elements, they built a great hall with a withdrawing room beyond it. In a square tower above the withdrawing room was the family accommodation.




Today the most impressive part is the huge vault below it. At the north end of the range the lower level was home to a chapel and a priest's room.


Below the chapel was the dank and gloomy prison: though this must have seemed pretty idyllic to the unfortunates who inhabited the 11ft square pit below the prison, where the truly unpopular prisoners were dumped.




Information Source: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dirleton/dirletoncastle/index.html

The Ruthven Family...
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#95963 - 08/10/18 01:53 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Whether you are on your own or with friends of family, a visit to Dirleton Castle in East Lothian is well worth it.



We are exploring deep inside the castle, this is where Lords and Ladies feared to tread...












In 1515 the estate passed, again by marriage, to the Ruthven family.


Between efforts to gain power by kidnapping the young King James VI (see our Historical Timeline), they turned their medieval castle into a semblance of a grand renaissance house.


Their main surviving contribution to today's castle was the range of buildings to the south of the close intended to provide much more comfortable accommodation than was possible elsewhere in the castle: and in a position that overlooked the extensive gardens they developed to the west.


Information Source: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dirleton/dirletoncastle/index.html

The demise of Dirleton...
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