Dunbar Castle – after the Battle of Bannockburn

From the bloody marshland by the Bannockburn, King Edward II escaped with his barons firstly to Stirling Castle. He was not admitted there and was forced to flee further afield. With Sir James Douglas and his men hot on his trail, he retreated to Dunbar Castle on the east coast of Scotland where he found sanctuary and a boat south. Had he been captured, peace might have come much earlier for Scotland and northern England.
Dunbar Castle with its striking, red sandstone ramparts, rises above the compact harbour of Dunbar. It sat astride a strategic land and coastal route between England and Scotland. It has been attacked and besieged many times during the Scottish Wars of Independence and had an illustrious line of visitors including Mary Queen of Scots. It’s well worth a visit.

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