This castle's story started when the Napier family constructed a tower house here in 1593. 19th century extensions and the addition of beautiful gardens by William Playfair have resulted in a strangely little-known, higgledy-piggledy castle and tranquil surroundings, today owned by Edinburgh council. The grounds haven't quite been swallowed up by the city's advancing western suburbs; indeed, the peaceful surroundings have more in common with nearby Cramond. Entrance to the house is by (excellent) guided tour only, so plan your visit time carefully.
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Name: Lauriston Castle ★★★★☆
Location: Cramond Road South, Edinburgh, G.R.: NT 203761 / rugs flies noon
Open (2017): House (by tour at 2pm): Saturday to Thursday, April to October; weekends, November to March. Gardens: Daily
Cost (2017): House: £5 (adults), £3 (children). Gardens: free