I spent yesterday exploring Dirleton Castle with a friend. It’s one of the nearby castles I’ve wanted to see for quite some time and I was so pleased to have someone to explore with who is just as silly as I am! We even managed a wee stop to see a few boats and gather some shells in Cockenzie. That last stop also counts as one of my stops along the Making Plans Goal of seeing those 14 amazing places near Edinburgh!
Like many of Scotland’s castles, Dirleton is a ruin. It hasn’t been inhabited since the mid-1650s and is in the hands of Historic Scotland. Also like many of these ruined castles, the remaining features tend to be the vaults and kitchens, a few fireplaces and chimneys, and—funnily!—the latrine systems consisting of a hole that shoots the waste down the external walls.
There was a really fine example of a 15th century doocot, too. It’s been given a bit of a refurbishment, making it the best-preserved doocot I’ve seen. And after a bit of quick maths with my friend, we determined it would hold approximately 2,000 pigeons. (Too bad we didn’t read the sign that said that first, or we could have saved our brains from such simple computations.)
Oh! And remember how I said my friend is just as silly (and childish) as I am? Well, we had a lot of fun taking pictures of one or the other of us (and at one time, both!) sitting on the latrines—with an additional photo-opp of me standing below one of the shoots. Yeah. We’re so mature!
After visiting the castle, we stopped off at Cockenzie to check out some of the boats that were moored, as my friend is a boat owner and likes that kind of thing. As for me, I quite enjoyed scavenging along the shore a bit. I even managed to find several interesting bits and bobs to keep my attention for a bit.
Anyhow, there’s not really much more to share about the day. So I’ll just get to the part Mum really wants to see: The photos!