Saltcoats Castle

[Saltcoats Castle]

Saltcoats Castle is a somewhat forlorn ruin, standing amidst Lothian farmland within easy reach of Gullane - and also accessed from the circular walk taking in Aberlady Bay. Its story starts with the Livingstone family, who probably built the castle late in the 16th century. The buildings were abandoned around 1800 and gradually dismantled for reuse as construction material in the decades after. Despite all this, two towers still survive to fourth storey level, with an impressive arch between them and walls extending in two directions. Auxiliary buildings can be glimpsed among the shrubs and trees, but access would be tricky without serious bush-clearing equipment. To sum up, this is a fairly substantial ruin. The overgrown vegetation makes it look smaller than it really is - get there soon before it's covered up any further.

[Saltcoats Castle]

Name: Saltcoats Castle ☆☆☆☆
Location: A mile south of Gullane on foot, G.R.: NT 485819 / trickling twisty dips
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Park at the end of East Links Road, G.R.: NT 484825 / reply shudders could - from here it's a 10-min walk to the castle. Follow the edge of the golf course south to meet the track crossing it at the southern end. Turn right on the John Muir Way footpath, but turn left onto an overgrown track immediately after the houses end, with the castle just visible ahead. Getting inside the courtyard involves following further narrow, overgrown paths (beware nettles!).

[View from inside the courtyard]

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