Castles in The Lothians

East Lothian

Auldhame Castle

Auldhame Castle

Auldhame Castle

Auldhame Castle is a ruined L-plan tower house standing on a ridge above Seacliff beach, about 3 miles east of North Berwick in East Lothian, and less than half a mile from Tantallon Castle.

 

 

 

Ballencrieff Castle

Ballencrieff Castle

Ballencrieff Castle

Ballencrieff Castle was originally built as a large tower house in 1507 by James VI’s private secretary James Murray. It is one of a chain of castles stretching from Luffness Castle on the coast at Aberlady through Ballencrieff itself, Byres Castle, Garleton Castle, Kilduff Tower (now gone), Barnes Castle, Athelstaneford Castle (also gone) and Markle Castle. In 1544 it was destroyed during the Rough Wooing, but in 1586 James’ son, John Murray, rebuilt the castle.

 

 

Barnes Castle

Barnes Castle

Barnes Castle

Built by Clan Seton.  Barnes Castle is known as the Barney Vaults in Haddington, East Lothian.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bass

The Bass

The Bass

Known as the ‘Scottish Alcatraz’, the Bass Rock has held royals, ministers, and a few Jacobites for good measure. The near impenatrable rock made it the perfect place for a prison.

It was originally owned by the Lauder family, who were gifted the island by King Malcolm III of Scotland until Cromwell reclaimed the island as “property of the crown” during his invasion of Scotland. Many of its first mass prisoners were Covenanters – religious and political opponents of the Stewart’s interference in the Presbyterian church. Between 1672 and 1688, around 40 political and religious prisoners died in the dungeons. One of the more infamous Covenanters held on the rock was Prophet Peden.

Black Castle

Black Castle

Black Castle

Writing in 1893, J Munro Bell believed that traces of the foundations of Black Castle could still be seen at the farm of Blackcastle. The occupant of Blackcastle in 1979, Miss Grant, stated that her father had told her that Black Castle “stood on the nettle-covered slope near Blackcastle farm steading”. To confuse matters, a field situated at NT 4045 5950 is known as Castle Moor.

 

 

Carberry Tower

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Dirleton Castle fortress

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Dunbar Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Fa’side Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Fenton Tower

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Gamelshiel Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Garleton Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Hailes Castle

Hailes Castle

This castle dates back to the 1200s. It’s associated with the de Gourlay and the Hepburn noble families, and Mary Queen of Scots’ third husband James Hepburn, 4th earl of Bothwell, may well have been born in the castle. He fled into exile after Mary’s capture in 1567. The castle’s days as a stronghold ended with Cromwell’s invasion in 1650. An important Hepburn Castle.
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Innerwick Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Keith Marischal

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Kilspindie Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Lennoxlove

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Luffness Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Penshiel Tower

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Preston Tower

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Redhouse Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Saltcoats Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Saltoun Hall or Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Smeaton House

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Stoneypath Tower

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Tantallon Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Tranent Tower

Waughton Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Whittingehame Tower

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Yester Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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West Lothian

Abercorn Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Baads Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Bathgate Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Bridge Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Cairns Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Carribber Castle or Rob Gibb’s Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Couston Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Duntarvie Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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House of the Binns

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Illieston Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

The ruins of Linlithgow Palace are situated in the town of Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, 15 miles west of Edinburgh. The palace was one of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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Lochcote Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Murieston Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Niddry Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Ochiltree Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Peel of Livingston

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Pumpherston Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Staneyhill Tower

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Strathbrock Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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Tart raven Castle

Achallader Castle

Craignish Castle

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