For over 700 years, Lennoxlove House has been a major feature on the East Lothian landscape. This 14th century house was home of William Maitland, Mary Queen of Scot’s Secretary of State. Mary stayed here and its collection includes items belonging to Mary as well as her death mask. After lunch in County Town of Haddington, we travel to the coast and the mighty Tantallon Castle. Tantallon was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus one of the most powerful families in Scotland. This formidable stronghold has magnificent views to the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock and strong links with Mary Queen of Scots. A short drive along the scenic coast brings us to the picturesque village of Dirleton. Dirleton Castle is a fine example of a fortified medieval residence. Within its walls are colourful gardens including the world’s largest herbaceous border.
A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century. It stood as a magnificant fortress-residence for 400 years but was badly damaged during Cromwell's siege of 1650. The renowned gardens include an attractive domed dovecote, an Arts and Crafts herbaceous border and Victorian garden. Having boasted a garden probably since its earliest days as a medieval fortified residence, today it is a colourful blend of traditional formal gardens and more contemporary plantings. The herbaceous border has been authenticated by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest.
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