- The grounds of the 16th Century Lauriston Castle offer views across the Firth of Forth in a wood and parkland setting. There are manicured lawns in contrast with woodland walks and a range of trees and plants in the elegant gardens including azaleas, rhododendrons, beeches, sycamores, sweet chestnut, conifers and monkey puzzle trees. Among the woods are 14 special trees planted in 1984 in memory of the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Bren Gun Carrier Platoon who were killed or died in the Burma campaign of 1943-45.
- History and heritage
- The 16th Century castle had major additions in the 19th century. It was gifted to the nation in 1926 by its last private owners, Mr and Mrs William Robert Reid.
- There is a small pond which is home to breeding mallards and moor hens.
- Why don't you?
- Take sometime to relax in the Kyoto Friendship Garden.
- Other useful links
- Further information on Lauriston Castle
- Japanese garden
- Opening hours
- Garden opening hours;
April to October 07.30am - 8.00pm
November to March 07.30am - 5.00pm
April to October, Monday - Thursday at 2.00pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2.00pm
November to March, Saturday and Sunday at 2.00pm.
The top of the sundial is inscribed with the date 1684. The pillar is late 19th century. (source: www.rcahms.gov.uk)
Trees of Historical Significance