Dunbar Castle

East Lothian | Dunbar | Castle |

[Dunbar Castle beyond Victoria Harbour]

Dating to the 11th century, today's Dunbar Castle is barely even recognisable as a castle. Which makes it even more surprising that it was once one of the most formidable strongholds in Scotland, often surviving sieges from English armies during which Dunbar itself was often burnt to the ground. As centuries came and went, the castle gradually became more vulnerable, sometimes being set on fire and eventually being deliberately damaged to prevent occupation by hostile parties. The final nail in the coffin was the construction of Victoria Harbour, which involved blowing up parts of the surviving ruin. Nowadays kittiwakes use the crumbling walls as a breeding site each summer; access to the castle outcrop is blocked off, but the ruin is well seen from the harbourside.

[Marauders, the ocean and harbour construction have all contributed to the castle's downfall over time]

Location & info

📌 Dunbar Castle
Victoria Harbour, 5-min walk north of Dunbar centre, G.R.: NT 678793 ///whisk.climate.soils
🚆🚌 Train / bus to Dunbar | 🚗 Car park
Always viewable from below | Free

[The surviving walls are a popular kittiwake nesting site]


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