The old kirk at Dirleton
Dirleton war memorial and old kirk
Dirleton Castle
Dirleton
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In a 1920s guidebook I have, Dirleton is described as, 'one of the prettiest villages in Scotland.' Well, I am delighted to report that not a lot has changed since then, and it remains a most enchanting little place. The huge crumbling castle dominates the village, around which is a broad green bordered by rustic cottages. It is not a typical layout for a village in Scotland, or anywhere, but gives one a great sense of history with oodles of space and charm.
There is probably only the one shop in the village, which will give you an idea of its size, and yet this tiny charismatic hamlet would put many a city to shame. For it has a public toilet, positioned most sensibly beside the bus-stop. Such is the demise of public toilets in our big cities that Dirleton may soon see an unexpected surge in visitors as desperate masses head in this direction for a pee. And the bus-stop itself is a real one; it is constructed from wood and provides proper shelter from the elements (no ankle draughts here!). It even has a proper wooden bench inside where one may sit without the need to perch precariously, as is the case in far too many rural bus and railway station waiting-rooms. Nowadays we pay more heed to how we might vandal-proof our waiting-rooms and other structures, and less heed to the needs of travellers who would legitimately use them.
(End of lecture.)
DIRLETON'S OLD KIRK
DIRLETON - WAR MEMORIAL & KIRK
DIRLETON CASTLE
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How to
GET THERE

You can get a bus to Dirleton from North Berwick, which has a direct train service from Edinburgh.
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