Hailes Castle, East Linton

#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in East Lothian
Hailes Castle is a mainly 14th century castle about a mile and a half south-west of East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland. This castle, which has a fine riverside setting, belonged to the Hepburn family during the most important centuries of its existence. Since 1926, it has been the subject of a state-sponsored guardianship agreement, which is now under the auspices of Historic Scotland as a scheduled monument.
It is open to the public without charge at all reasonable times.
The castle was founded as a fortified tower house by Hugo de Gourlay before 1300, making it one of the oldest constructions of its kind in Scotland. The superiority of the lands was held by the Earls of Dunbar and March. The de Gourlays, a Northumbrian family, supported the English in the Wars of Independence, and their land was forfeited by order of the Scottish Crown. Hailes Castle and lands were then confirmed upon another Northumbrian, Sir Adam de Hepburn (d. before 1371), who, in the reign of David II, had a charter of the lands of Traprain, and Southalls and Northalls (now united and called Hailes) in Haddingtonshire, as well as the lands of Mersingtoun, Cockburnspath, and Rollanstoun in Berwickshire.
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  • The drive out to Hailes was really lovely, if a little narrow in spots. There is very little parking so you need to take care that you tuck your vehicle in. The ruins themselves are free to enter and....  more »
  • The drive to the castle ruins is a single paved farm road. Small parking area at the side of the road. It is free and a short walk. The castle is small and dates back to the early 1200's and is in a.....  more »
  • A beautiful surprise. Hidden in east of Edinburgh lies Hailes Castle. A well taken care ruins of what was once a beautiful castle in a magnificent location. Its worth the visit, and it's totally free. A nice place for a family visit or a weekend picnic. If you are a photography lover, you'll find plenty of wonderful views to frame and capture.
  • Interesting old ruined castle just the other side of the A1 from Haddington. Theres a small parking area on the side of the road, big enough for a couple of cars, if everyone parks sensibly! with a foot path leading to the ruins. There are a few information boards around the site telling the story of the castle. Nice for a stroll & gentle exploration.
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