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The History of Stoneypath Tower

Stoneypath Tower is a gorgeous L-plan tower house now in a ruin that dates back from the late sixteenth century. It is situated roughly 3.5 miles (5.6km south of East Linton and the east of the Whittinghame Water in East Lothian, Scotland.

The history of Stoneypath Tower

The ever so beautiful Stoneypath Tower stands on a promontory that is defended by rugged, steep slopes on three of its sides. It may also include part of a keep that was built in the century beforehand. It stands between the charming Whittinghame Tower and Nunraw, on a rough grassy ridge beside the Pappana water.

Unfortunately, very little of its history is known.

The early history

Stoneypath Tower at first was a property of the Lyles. However, it soon passed in succession the Hamiltons of Innerwick, the Douglases of Whittinghame, and the Setons. There are thoughts and some evidence that it may have been blown up at some point.

The tower was built in the 15th century.

The current day

By the time the late 19th century rolled around, the building was in complete ruin. However, by the early 21st century, it had been fully restored. The property is now privately owned and there are hopes that it will be turned into a family home.

Stoneypath Tower Timeline

  • 15th century- Stoneypath Tower is built
  • 19th century- The building is in complete ruin
  • Early 21st century- The tower has been fully restored
Stoneypath Tower
Stoneypath Tower“, by neil roger, is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Stoneypath Tower facts

  • Stoneypath Tower stands on a promontory defended by steep slopes on three sides
  • There were originally three stories of the castle
  • The building was fully restored in the 21st century
  • The original entrance, approached by an external stair, has been sealed
  • The walls are incredibly thick, measuring around 2.7 meters wide at ground level


Since being restored, Stoneypath Tower has become a private residence. This means that visitors are not permitted within or around the castle as it is private property. Nearby, you can visit Tantallon Castle, the National Museum of Flight, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Dirleton Castle and Gardens, and Bass Rock.

If you liked reading about Stoneypath Tower, you should definitely read about Carrick Castle & Ackergill Tower!

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  1. What documentation is there to show that the Lyles owned the property at one time? Other sources claim it was leased, or enfiefed.

    1. Hi David. We use a wide range of sources including books, preserved castle documents and reliable internet sources. We would love to know which sources referred to it as leased. Unfortunately every now and then a small piece of information does get published that may be incorrect. Thank you for bringing this up

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