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A small and perfect ruined castle, alive with history

My wife and I wanted to visit Hailes Castle and climb up Traprain Law before trying lunch in East... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
Andrew K
Falkirk, United Kingdom
Free wee castle

Unplanned visit in sunny day. We traveled by car, the road is very narrow but the landscape is... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
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All reviews free entry mary queen of scots passing places narrow road sunny day historic scotland limited parking single lane nooks and crannies peaceful spot lovely place to visit beautiful area worth a visit east lothian river tyne car park oldest stone
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

My wife and I wanted to visit Hailes Castle and climb up Traprain Law before trying lunch in East Linton. We were holidaying in Dunbar to attend the Lammermuir Festival and enjoy sea walks, historic sites and local restaurants. What we found particularly attractive about...More

3  Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Unplanned visit in sunny day. We traveled by car, the road is very narrow but the landscape is beautiful. No car park (off-road parking). No entry fee. Perfect for a picnic day on the back of the castle facing the river Tyne.

1  Thank 333giselan
Reviewed 24 June 2018

My wife surprised me with an 8 mile "get fit and stop being grumpy" walk along the river and we finally got to visit this lovely castle. Sadly neither of us drive so we havent seen this place before but if you are in the...More

1  Thank Stuart P
Reviewed 23 June 2018

As other reviews say what a hidden Gem. The castle is well kept. The ground round the back of the castle beside the river is lovely just to sit at. After we looked around the castle we sat down and had a picnic which was...More

Thank Delzer65
Reviewed 9 June 2018

This wasn't a scheduled visit - we had time to kill before visiting Preston Mills and I saw a road sign. It's out in the middle of nowhere, down a single lane farm road, and there is no parking lot (just a slight widening of...More

Thank DaytonJG
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Took an early morning circular walk along the river Tyne from East Linton and stopped off at Hailes Castle mid route. Great place perched over the river, and beautifully kept by the local warden who we met tidying ready for opening. Great place for us...More

1  Thank E3140CTkevinr
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Tucked away and only known because of brown signs taking you there. What a find! Beside a river the main guts of the house are still there along with the foundations of side buildings. Stunning. The car park is a lay by but because its...More

Thank Hayles80
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Hidden off the road beautiful unmanned castle owned by historic Scotland love walking through the grounds and castle and all you can hear is the river and the birds nice place for a picnic

Thank debbie l
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Superb peaceful csstle to visit, the sense of history is heavy in the air, sensational views across East Lothian farmlands

Thank Douglas B
Reviewed 20 December 2017

You will pass this castle if you take the lovely walk along the River Tyne from Haddington to East Linton. The ruins are very impressive and quite atmospheric. It is strange to come across them out apparently in the middle of nowhere.

1  Thank NomadicTraveller7
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