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Dirleton Castle

  • Built / Designed For: John De Vaux

    House & Family History: Edward I laid siege to Dirleton Castle in 1298.

    House Replaced By: In the 17th century John Nisbet built a new country house on the nearby Archerfield Estate.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The renowned gardens were first created in the 16th century. According to "The Guinness Book of Records," Dirleton has, at 705 feet, the world's longest herbaceous border.

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Designated Garden & Designed Landscape

  • Past Seat / Home of: John De Vaux, 13th century. Haliburton family, 15th century. Ruthven family, 16th century. John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton, 17th century; Nisbet family owned the Estate until 1923.

    Current Ownership Type: Historic Environment Scotland

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: The Estate is under the guardianship of Historic Scotland.

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Phone: 01620-850-330

    Website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot

    Historic Houses Member: No