Having failed dismally to find anything for Jude’s colourful benches challenge last month, I knew I’d have better luck with September’s – metal benches. The High Viewpoint at Inverewe Gardens in Wester Ross has two fairly nondescript specimens – but the view makes up for their lack of attractiveness!
The photograph below wasn’t taken for the bench at all, but for the mural behind it. That’s the wall of the ticket office at Dirleton Castle – if you zoom in, you can read the notice at the right hand side:
The children of Dirleton Primary School’s 100 year wall painting of the village and castle.
Dirleton Castle in East Lothian has existed since the 13th century. Built by the de Vauxes, it changed hands twice over the next 400 years – first to the Haliburtons, then to the Ruthvens. Both families added their own extensions before the downfall of the Ruthvens saw the castle abandoned as a noble residence. When the Nisbets purchased the estate in the 1660s they built a new mansion-house and the ruins became a feature in the designed landscape. Today, Dirleton is in the hands of Historic Scotland. As you can see by my attire, despite the date being May the weather was wintry cold when we visited!
In case anyone is wondering, the bottom two pictures are taken inside the doocot (dovecote).