Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh (Scotland) is a charming, 16th-century building that overlooks the firth of River Forth.
Grounds surrounding the castle are absolutely dreamy: 30 acres of woodland and gardens!
This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy dazzling river views. You can visit old glasshouse, walk through bluebell wood and wander around colorful garden pathways. Lauriston Castle grounds were first laid out by William Henry Playfair in the 1840s. Today they also include a Japanese garden, pond and three croquet lawns.
The castle itself was build in a medieval times, but it was completely destroyed during Burning of Edinburgh in 1544. It was rebuild around 1590 by Sir Archibald Napier. Some of the building features (two-storey extension, the library) were added much later .
The most notable building owners were Mr and Mrs W R Reid and William Davidson Barton (Mrs Reid’s brother).
They decided to leave this amazing tower house to Scotland, for everyone to enjoy. Interior of the house is a perfect example of modern Edwardian country home. And: yes, of course you can tour the castle! 🙂
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