VISITORS to two historic East Lothian castles will enjoy free entry on the first Sunday of each month until March.

Tantallon Castle, east of North Berwick, and Dirleton Castle are among the attractions members of the public can explore on Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Historic Sundays.

For six months, HES will offer free admission to participating visitor attractions.

Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said: “With over 5,000 years of history in our care, our historic buildings and monuments can tell us so much about the past, and how it continues to shape our world today, from being the backdrop to film locations to attracting millions of people from around the world and closer to home.

East Lothian Courier: Dirleton Castle. Image: Google MapsDirleton Castle. Image: Google Maps

“We think it’s vital people living in Scotland feel history belongs to us all, and through our Historic Sundays initiative we hope more people will take the opportunity to discover the history on their doorstep, or explore further afield to sites they may not have seen until now.

“Engaging with heritage has lots of proven benefits, including well-being, and we very much hope people take the opportunity to explore these sites and be part of history.”

In East Lothian, there is a chance to see the herbaceous borders and formal Victorian garden at Dirleton Castle and visit Tantallon Castle, set high atop a cliff overlooking the Forth.

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