Castle in Scotland WhichCastle.com logo

Search for castles in Scotland

Scottish Castles

Bullet Point Aberdeenshire
Bullet Point Angus and Dundee
Bullet Point Argyll and Bute
Bullet Point Ayrshire and Arran
Bullet Point Dumfries and Galloway
Bullet Point Edinburgh and the Lothians
Bullet Point Fife
Bullet Point Glasgow and Clyde Valley
Bullet Point Hebrides and Isles
Bullet Point Highlands
Bullet Point Perthshire
Bullet Point Scottish Borders
Bullet Point Stirlingshire

Local information

Accommodation in Edinburgh & the Lothians
Tourist Board
Edinbuurgh travel tips and information

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh and the Lothians

Location: 2a Cramond Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 5QD (map and directions)

Lauriston Castle is classic fairy-tale 16th century tower house in Edinburgh, 3 miles from the city centre, with views over the Firth of Forth. The grounds at Lauriston Castle include the Edinburgh/Kyoto Friendship Garden, one of the largest Japanese gardens created in Britain during the last 100 years.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh & The Lothians - Wikimedia Commons
Lauriston Castle - Wikimedia Commons

History of Lauriston Castle

Originally built in 1590 by Sir Archibald Napier, Lauriston Castle underwent further extension work in the 19th century to create the castle you see today. In 1827, a Jacobean range was added which converted it to a country manor.

Lauriston Castle has been privately owned since its construction, and claims some very interesting inhabitants. Sir Archibald Napier built the castle for his son, also named Archibald whose brother, John Napier, was the inventor of logarithms. Lauriston was then inhabited by the economist Andrew, Lord Rutherfurd, and subsequently by Thomas Allan, a banker and mineralogist, who ordered the Jacobean extensions to the house in the 19th century. In 1902 the house was modernised by William Reid, who acquired the castle and he and his wife Margaret installed modern plumbing and electricity, and added their collections of fine furniture and artwork to the house. As they had no children, Lauriston Castle and all its contents were gifted to the City of Edinburgh upon Margaretís death in 1926.

Map and directions

Lauriston Castle and the grounds are open daily.




View Lauriston Castle in a larger map

Other castles in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Bullet Point Auldhame Castle
Bullet Point Ballencrieff Castle
Bullet Point Barnbougle Castle
Bullet Point Barnes Castle
Bullet Point Bavelaw Castle
Bullet Point Borthwick Castle
Bullet Point Craigcrook Castle
Bullet Point Craigmillar Castle
Bullet Point Cramond Tower
Bullet Point Crichton Castle
Bullet Point Dalhousie Castle
Bullet Point Dalkeith Palace
Bullet Point Dirleton Castle
Bullet Point Dunbar Castle
Bullet Point Dundas Castle
Bullet Point Edinburgh Castle
Bullet Point Fa'side Castle
Bullet Point Fenton Tower
Bullet Point Hailes Castle
Bullet Point Hamilton House
Bullet Point Hawthornden Castle
Bullet Point House of the Binns
Bullet Point Innerwick Castle
Bullet Point Lauriston Castle
Bullet Point Lennox Tower
Bullet Point Lennoxlove House
Bullet Point Linlithgow Palace
Bullet Point Merchiston Castle
Bullet Point Midhope Castle
Bullet Point Niddry Castle
Bullet Point Northfield House
Bullet Point Palace of Holyroodhouse
Bullet Point Preston Tower
Bullet Point Redhouse Castle
Bullet Point Roslin Castle
Bullet Point Tantallon Castle
Bullet Point Whittingehame Tower
Bullet Point Yester Castle

Aberdeenshire | Angus & Dundee | Argyll & Bute | Ayrshire & Arran | Dumfries & Galloway | Edinburgh & the Lothians | Fife | Glasgow & Clyde Valley | Hebrides & Isles | Highlands | Perthshire | Scottish Borders | Stirlingshire
Home | Contact | Sitemap www.whichcastle.com © 2010