Historic Sites

Lennoxlove House

09Apr

Nestled in Haddington’s surrounding pasture, the Home of the Duke of Hamilton is open to visitors all year round, where delights include the death mask of Mary, Queen of Scots, grand paintings and many other artefacts, such as portraits, archives, furnishings, china and memorabilia which create a unique record of the three families who played important roles in Scotland’s political and cultural past. In 2006 the Duke and Duchess of Hamilton began an extensive renovation project to renew the life of the house. As a result the House, dating back to the 1300s has been restored to its former glory including ornate cornicing and marble features.

Visit Lennoxlove House between Easter and October and you will be taken on a detailed tour of the house by an experienced guide.Opening Times: Easter Sunday: Tours from 1.30pm until 4.00pm, every half hour.
Easter Monday: Tours from 1.30pm until 4.00pm, every half hour.
Then every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday:
May to September: Tours every half hour from 1.30pm. Last tour at 4.00pm
April and October: Tours every hour from 1.30pm. Last tour at 3.30pm.

Admission for tours are:
Adults – £5.00
Children under 12 – £3.00
Tel: 01620 823720

Getting there:
15 min drive from Duck’s. Follow A198 on to the A6137 to Haddington, continue on A6137 through two roundabouts. Turn left at A6093 continue till right turn at B6368. Lennoxlove is sign posted on the left. Post Code: EH41 4NZ

Link: www.lennoxlove.com

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Edinburgh Castle

09Apr

Visiting the world famous icon is a must while staying in Edinburgh and the Lothian’s. Built on top of an extinct volcano, the castle has viewed many of the defining events in Scottish history. Key attractions of the Castle are; the Scottish Crown Jewels, including the crown, the sword and the sceptre which are amongst the oldest in Europe and displayed with the coronation seat of Scottish Kings known as the Stone of Destiny; the St. Margaret’s Chapel, the Great Hall and the Royal Apartments which were built in 1511 by James IV and are the oldest buildings in Edinburgh; an atmospheric visitor experience about the Prisons of War in the late 18th Century that were locked in the underground vaults; and of course the one O’clock Gun, which has been fired almost daily since 1861.

Opening Times:
Summer
1 April – 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
Winter
1 October – 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.00 pmAdmission: (Tickets are also available online at no extra cost meaning you can beat the queues)
Adult (aged 16 to 59): £13.00
Child (aged 5 to 15): £6.50
Concession (aged 60 and over, unemployed): £10.50
Child under 5: FREE

Getting there:
25 minute drive from Aberlady or a 15 minute train journey into Edinburgh from Longniddry Train Station. The Castle is located in the very centre of the Old Town, Edinburgh. Post code: EH1 2NG

Edinburgh Castle Website – Click Here

Tantallon Castle

09Apr

Open all year this 14th century castle is situated on the sea cliffs overlooking the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock.

Inhabited by the Douglas family, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland, this early example of defence capabilities is not to be missed. For over three centuries the Castle stood as a noble fort and survived three sieges. Highlights of Tantallon Castle are; its stunning cliff top location with amazing views across the Firth and Forth and the Bass Rock; the gun replica in the East Tower, which is an exact copy of the sort of gun that would have been used to defend the castle; the stone curtain wall which is possibly the best 14th century architecture in Scotland; and the wildlife of rare fauna and flora that are abundant in the castle grounds.

Opening Times:
Summer
1 April – 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
October
1 October – 31 October, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Winter
1 November – 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Admission prices:

All year
Adult £4.70, Child £2.35, Concession £3.70
Getting there:
From Duck’s follow the A198 Coastal Route to North Berwick. Continue to Follow the A198 out of North Berwick past Tesco on your left. Continue along coastal road, following the right hand bend, the Castle and parking is on your left; 15 to 20 minute drive.

Link: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Dirleton Castle

09Apr

Open all year round this 13th century castle is nestled beautifully in outstanding maintained gardens that include an herbaceous border that has been authenticated by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest.

For 400 years, the Castle has stood as a spectacular fortress for three successive noble families. The castle grounds are home to the Ruthven dovecot which is one of the best preserved pigeon houses in Scotland and houses over 1000 nesting boxes, as well as the de Vaux towers – built around 1240 and amongst the oldest remaining castle structures in Scotland, and the Haliburton range which consists of a pretty chapel, dark pit prison and cavernous storage vaults.
The picturesque Castle and Gardens have been popular with marriage ceremonies and couples who want to add a bit of history into their special day.

Opening times:
Summer
1 April – 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Winter
1 October – 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Admission prices
All year
Adult £4.70, Child £2.35, Concession £3.70
Getting there:
The castle is located 5km west of North Berwick on the A198. From Aberlady follow the Coastal Road towards Gullane and North Berwick. Follow the sign posts for Dirleton and Dirleton Castle; it’s only about a 5 minute drive from the hotel.

Grid reference
NT 516 839
Link: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk