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Hailes Castle

Hailes Castle is an impressive ruin on the River Tyne. It is one of the few Scottish Castles that has the remnants of its 13th century origins and is thought to contain some of the oldest standing stonework in the county. Situated next to the slow moving river with its reeds and manicured lawns, high walls dressed with red stonework this is a beautiful castle worthwhile exploring. Easy to get to with ease of access with a car park close by.

History of Hailes Castle

1290's - Hugo de Gourlay, an important Northumbrian noble, builds his castle on a sandstone outcrop on the south of the North Tyne .

1300's - The de Gorlay's support the English during the wars of Independence and so forfeit their castle. Adam Hepburn rescues the Earl of Dunbar from an attack by a savage horse and so is rewarded with the forfeited castle. The wild and dangerous Hepburn's continue to expand the castle, including a substantial square-plan tower and lofty curtain walls.

1388 - Sir Patrick Heburn saves the banner of the Earl of Douglas from being captured at the Battle of Otterburn. Hailes castle is further expanded to include a courtyard.

1400 - Hailes is attacked by the Earl of March and Hotspur Percy. The Master Douglas raids the besiegers camp and puts them to flight. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent