Winton Castle is a 500 year old Private Stately home created by the Kings Master mason and built for royalty, with ties to Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Charles I. Architecturally it is one of the most important buildings in Scotland, if not Britain, for its unique Chimneys and 360 year old internal plasterwork. Whilst it is a 15th century family home, it has 21st Century technology making it a great venue to work and play. The house is 40 minutes from the airport and only 30 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, set in the heart of the East Lothian countryside. There is parking for 200 cars and several coaches. Winton House is offered on an exclusive use basis so you can be assured of complete privacy for you and your guests. Events range from overnight meetings, conferences and product launches to gala dinners, activity days, weddings and private parties
Winton Castle is close to the village of Pencaitland in East Lothian, 12 miles south-east of the centre of Edinburgh, close to the A1 and central Scotland’s motorway network.
In the days of little motor traffic, it was possible to hear the one o’clock gun from Edinburgh Castle! Today’s visitors can be in the city centre in about thirty minutes.
To ensure you find Winton Castle easily, please print the directions along with the printable version of the Google map at the bottom of this page.
From Edinburgh, the North and West:
Follow City By-pass (A720) to the A1 (south). Turn off at Tranent. Follow the road through Tranent (pass the kids’ playpark), then turn left on the outskirts of Tranent along the B6355 towards Pencaitland. Follow the road through New Winton. You will see the north entrance to Winton Castle on the right on a sharp corner.
Please note that all coaches, lorries and commercial vehicles should continue along the road for about 800m to the coach entrance (east entrance) on the right.
Visitors heading to Wintonhill Farmhouse should continue past the north entrance for about 400m, then Wintonhill is next on the left.
Visitors heading to Winton Cottage should turn down the coach entrance (east entrance) then take the first turning on the right.
From the South and East:
From the A68
From the A68, follow the A6093 to Pencaitland. Continue along the A6093 towards Haddington through the centre of the village of Pencaitland. Go through the traffic lights and over the old bridge. Drive slowly for about 100 metres (past Pencaitland Church) and look for the concealed gates and driveway on the left. This is a sharp turning to the left which is easy to miss. Cars can follow this drive from the south gates direct to Winton Castle.
However, coaches should continue past the south gates to the outskirts of Pencaitland, take the next left onto the B6355 towards Tranent, then after about 150 metres turn left into the coach entrance (east entrance).
From Haddington & the east
From Haddington and the east, follow the A6093 to Pencaitland. At the crossroads on the outskirts of Pencaitland, cars can go straight on for about 100 metres then turn right into the gates and driveway on the right. This drive (south entrance) goes direct to Winton Castle.
However, coaches should turn right onto the B6355 towards Tranent at the crossroads on the outskirts of Pencaitland, then after about 150 metres turn left into the coach entrance (east entrance).
Why not reduce your carbon footprint by leaving the car behind? Here are options for trains and buses to Winton:
Regular trains can be caught from Edinburgh to Wallyford on the North Berwick. Wallyford station is about 10 minutes from Winton. Or, you can catch a train to Newcraighall (the Tweedbank / Scottish Borders line). Train timetables can be checked at thetrainline.com.
If you need to be picked up at Wallyford or Newcraighall, you can call a local taxi firm such as Colins Cabs (01620 825825) or AC Taxis & Minibuses (0131 665 5000).
There are buses from Edinburgh to Tranent or Pencaitland provided. Tranent is about 3 miles and 5 minutes from Winton.