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Spirits: Dirleton Castle

Dirleton Castle is a medieval castle that resides in the village of Dirleton, in East Lothian. The Castle is located just west of North Berwick, and around 20 miles east of the City of Edinburgh. The oldest parts of this castle date to the 13th century, and it was abandoned by the end of the 17th century by its noble occupants.

This location has been no stranger to mysterious stories, along with local myths and legends.

The Devil himself is said to have turned up on the grassy green beneath the castle wall in June 1649, allegedly taking the physical form of ‘a large black shadow man’.


Several of his accused witches were held in Dirleton’s pit prison, where legend says the Devil’s marks were found upon them by the witch-finder John Kincaid. They remained in the pit until the order for their execution – which happened to be strangling and burning – came through from Parliament.

Does the restless spirits of the accused witches still haunt the area?

The one thing that struck me during this visit, was the feeling of being watched from the many small areas – some that you can see several rooms through small passageways – and how easy it was to get lost, and finish up at a dead-end.

The electronic equipment that I was using would easily limp into a frozen state, needing rebooted to continue my tour and observations. This could be perfectly natural, but was evident in the lower areas only, especially near the pit prison.

I leave you with the video from this location, some photographs to browse, and a promise that the audio will be looked at very soon, and anything of interest, will be included on the Haunted Scotland website at the earliest opportunity.

Please do enjoy the material.



“This location has been no stranger to mysterious stories, along with local myths and legends.
The Devil himself is said to have turned up on the grassy green beneath the castle wall in June 1649, allegedly taking the physical form of ‘a large black shadow man’.”

From Dirleton Castle, posted by Haunted Scotland on 8/03/2014 (60 items)

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Address: Dirleton Road, North Berwick, East Lothian EH39 5ER


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