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Edinburgh — By Andy Hayes on April 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm
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Photo Friday: Lauriston Castle

Today’s photo Friday stop is a great yet often overlooked stop in North Edinburgh:  Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle is a little-known mansion that’s out in Cramond, Edinburgh’s “beach” as it were, so you can start or finish your Lauriston tour with a stroll along the promenade.  (Note: as of this writing, storms have meant a large section of the path is closed for repairs.)

The castle is the head of a massive 30 acres of gardens and parkland.  The building was erected in the 19th century, and the term ‘castle’ you might find a misnomer as it’s a technically a mansion home and tower house.  But names aside, the most common thing mentioned by visitors who see the castle is the interiors: the Edwardian furnishings have been meticulously maintained and remain unchanged for well over 100 years.    My personal favourite is the library, with volumes and volumes of books, but the study also looks like the owner has just popped out for a fresh carton of milk and will be back any second.  There are also kitchens and servants quarters which are not always open.

The gardens are also an important feature – the Japanese gardens are one of the largest of its kind in the UK.  Don’t miss a peek in the glasshouse!

It’s Haunted

If you’ve been to Edinburgh or even read about it at all, you’ll know this is no stranger to ghosts.  Lauriston is also haunted, and reports have been coming in about strange noises and footsteps since 1926!  (Ok, so maybe the owner did go out for milk and is just coming back. )

The Essentials

Address: 2a Cramond Road

Phone: 0131 336 2060

Admission:  £8 adult, £5 concession, Family £12 (2 Adults + 3 Children under 16)

Tour Times:
  • Summer Season – From 1st April – 31st October. 2.00pm every day except Friday
  • Winter Season – From 1st November – 31st March 2.00pm Saturday and Sunday only

Access to the castle is only provided via a guided tour.  No dogs allowed on grounds except assistance dogs.

Photo by Edd

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