Dirleton Castle


Two miles west of North Berwick is this impressive medieval fortress with massive round towers, a drawbridge and a horrific pit dungeon, surrounded rather incongruously by beautiful, manicured gardens.

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2. Gullane Bents

2.41 MILES

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5. Seacliff Beach

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