Saltcoats Castle

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[Saltcoats Castle]

Saltcoats Castle is a somewhat unloved ruin, standing amidst East Lothian farmland within easy reach of Gullane - and also accessed from our circular walk from 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 4th 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, though overgrown vegetation makes it look smaller than it really is - get there soon before it's covered up any further.

[Saltcoats Castle]

Location & info

📌 Saltcoats Castle
1 mi south of Gullane, off East Links Road, G.R.: NT 485819 ///trickling.twisty.dips
Always open | Free

💬 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, soon joining the John Muir Way footpath, but then turn left onto a slightly overgrown track immediately after the houses end, with the castle just visible ahead. Narrow, overgrown footpaths access the courtyard (beware nettles).

[Saltcoats Castle]

[Saltcoats Castle]

[Access to the castle is by an overgrown track]

[Saltcoats Castle (left) & North Berwick Law from the west]


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