The inside of the curtain-wall at Tantallon Castle has a series of horizontal sockets. The Ministry sign helpfully explains them as the traces of likely lean-to buildings. The Historic Scotland guidebook by Chris Tabraham suggests the possibility that they are the remains of the ‘munition houss’ mentioned in 1566.
Dirleton Castle is set in landscaped grounds. Visitors are invited to keep off the banks, and to use the paths and stairways to visit the remains. This avoids unsightly tracks appearing on the slopes.
Modern visitors to Easby Abbey enter via the staircase into the west end of the refectory.
The thirteenth-century doorway to the dorter carries another warning sign.
A further warning sign is located near the chapter house on the east side of the cloister.
The dorter at Finchale Priory in Co. Durham is located on the east side of the cloister above the chapter house. It connected to the south transept of the church via a night stair. Sir Charles Peers suggested that the large room at the south end of the range ‘which in other monasteries served as a dayroom, is here too ill-lighted for such purpose, and at any rate in the later days of the priory can have been merely a storeroom’.
On the east side of the dorter was the reredorter.
The dorter (or dormitory) at Dryburgh Abbey is located on the first floor on the east side of the cloister. It lay above the chapter house and the warming house.
In the 16th century a residence was constructed in the space above the chapter house.
The Ministry signs use the term ‘dormitory’ rather than the Latin ‘dorter’.
Remains of one of the windows of the dorter can still be seen.
It was accessed via the night stairs that lead into the south transept of the church.
The day stairs were located on the south side of the chapter house.
A book cupboard is located on the east side of the cloister at Dryburgh Abbey. It is adjacent into the main east processional doorway into the church, and on the other side the library and vestry.
J.S. Richardson (in the ‘Blue Guide’) noted: ‘Near the processional doorway is a wall-press or aumbry, once fitted with doors and shelves to contain the books used in the cloister’.
The dovecot in the grounds of Dirleton Castle dates to the 16th century. It contains over 1000 nesting places for pigeons.