Lauriston Castle Edinburgh's HIDDEN GEM

Lauriston Castle lies just to the South of Davidson's Mains in Edinburgh and you could easily miss this hidden gem of Edinburgh. A 16th century tower house rather than an actual Castle there's reams of history here, in fact a castle of some sort has been in this location since medieval times. The building has been added to over the years and the extensive gardens add to it's charm.

The final residents of the house were William and Margaret Reid. William was in the furniture business and the house itself is packed with Edwardian furniture and artworks. When Mrs Reid died in 1926 the house and grounds were left to Scotland on condition they were preserved unchanged. Today, the site is owned an ran by Edinburgh City Council.

The gardens and house exterior are where most will start a discovery of Lauriston Castle.


In any season the grounds are magical, none more so than spring with the masses of bluebells and daffodils in bloom.

Daffodils in Spring

The grounds are free to enter and enjoy, although close overnight.


Autumn is another favourite, the shot above looks over the croquet lawns (still in use) to the rear of the castle.

Autumn colours and low sun

There also a Japanese Garden tucked away in the main garden.

Japanese Garden from above

The rest of the grounds look quite nice from a drone as well.

The interior of the castle is as stunning as the exterior and you can get in to see in insides on one of the daily tours of the castle.

Entrance Hall

The grand entrance hall gives you a flavour of what's to come, a house jam packed with fine furniture, paintings and ornaments. It's been preserved exactly as it was when Mrs Reid died in 1926.

Drawing Room

Drawing Room fireplace

Mr Reid's Study

Library alcove


Mrs Reid's Bedroom

Upstairs Bedroom

Upstairs Bedroom

Of course, as you would expect with any old property with this much history, there are stories of a ghost. After seeing this creepy little room, it's hard not to believe it's possible...

To learn more about Lauriston Castle, opening times, and a list of the activities they offer, take a look at the council web page or check out their Facebook page.

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Grant Ritchie


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