Dirleton is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s prettiest conservation villages. Its traditional houses are clustered around the extensive village green, medieval castle dating from the 13th century, and a 400-year-old parish church. Expect the village to be a blaze of colour on the opening weekend, when some 18 of its gardens will be open to the public for charity. These are scattered throughout the village, each within a short walking distance of the village green, where ample free parking is available. The gardens can all be visited on a single ticket. They are very different in size and style and you will find that their owners love to share their knowledge and answer questions. Compact gardens around the village centre contrast with larger ones on Chapelhill, which provide extensive views south over the surrounding countryside. Your ticket will also admit you to the castle gardens. These contain an impressive formal parterre and a herbaceous border extending to over 200 yards in length, claimed to be one of the longest such borders in the world.
By car - two miles west of North Berwick off the A198. By public transport — East Coast buses X5 and 124 from Edinburgh.
Saturday/Sunday, 13/14 June, 2pm - 5:30pm (2020)
Admission £6.00, children free.
· RNLI 40% & Dirleton Village Association 20%.
Parking, tickets and village map are available at the Green. Delicious teas will be served in the church hall by RNLI supporters and church helpers.