Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

Yester Castle and Goblin Ha’ is situated on Yester estate near Gifford, East Lothian.

We visited here on the 29th September 2017 to make our new video.

Yester castle was build in the 1260s. Although in East Lothian in was considered a stronghold in the wars of independence and served as a Border Stronghold.

The only intact part of the now ruinous castle is called the Goblin Ha’.

Folklore suggests a previous owner, Sir Hugo de Gifford was a wizard and powerful warlock who practised his sorcery in this vault under the castle.
Legend supposed that Hugo was able, via a pact with the Devil, to raise a magical army to his aid, and use them to carry out his will. It is this army of hobgoblins that was considered the builders of Yester Castle.

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall
Yester Castle and Goblin Hall
Yester Castle and Goblin Hall
Yester Castle and Goblin Hall
Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

Goblin Ha’ has the oldest fully intact gothic roof. It is pretty impressive!

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

The entrance to the well in Goblin Ha’ it was suggested this was the only gateway to hell.
Locals through rocks down the well to block off the gateway. Pretty scary to walk down!

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

The entrance to Goblin Ha’ is a 20 meter crawl through this door way

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

The wall surrounding the castle

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

A tiny doorway – people were a bit smaller in the 13th century

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

Windows and larger entrance to Goblin Ha’ – now sealed off with wrought iron grates.

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

Part of a watch tower which still stands tall

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall
Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

A larger main entrance under a guard tower that would take you into the enclosure.

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

A window with arrow slit that looks down the sheer cliff – superb defence

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

Yeah its true – but it wouldnt be fun

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

Strange symbol carved in a tree – possible witch/ghost hunter

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

The walls have faces

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

Wee pal we met on the way

Yester Castle and Goblin Hall

On the way home we stopped on the Lammermuir Hills to admire the view.

You can see North Berwick law (a volcanic plug with iron age hill forts and WW2 look outs – also a whale jaw bone at the top of it), Bass Rock (nauture reserve island) and Traprain Law in the foreground (Large scale iron age forts found here and possible administation for the celtic tribe of the Votadini) and over the north sea