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Ayton

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Ayton is a small village with a population of around 500, located approximately 3 miles south of Eyemouth.
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About Ayton

Ayton is a small village with a population of around 500, located approximately 3 miles south of Eyemouth. The name Ayton or “Eyetown” is derived from the River Eye which passes through and forms the port in Eyemouth. The red sandstone building of Ayton Castle was built in the Scots baronial style by architect James Graham. Much of the interior fitments and furnishings remain faithful to the original design commissioned by the Mitchell-Innes family. The previous fortified house or Peel Tower, was home to the Home family. Burnt down in 1834, William Mitchell acquired Ayton Estate, and is recorded as William Mitchell-Innes of Ayton Castle. William Mitchell-Innes was a Director with the Bank of Scotland and this strong link remains in the town with a local branch on the main street. The castle remains a family home for the second owner, Liddell-Graingers since 1895.Ayton Castle is open to the public in the summer and is well worth a visit.

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