Open Doors Sunday


Lariston Castle

Lauriston Castle

Sunday was the second Doors Open day and we took advantage of the opportunity to visit Lauriston Castle – a combination 16th century tower and 18th century country home.  It is situated on the Firth of Forth with gorgeous views and extensive land holdings.  Although Sunday wasn’t quite a pleasant as Saturday, the rains held off and we had a great time visiting this gorgeous property.  There is also a beautiful Japanese gardens on the property that was built in 2002.

Stone sculpture that greets you at the entrance to the grounds.

Stone sculpture that greets you at the entrance to the grounds.

Fall colors starting to show.

Fall colors starting to show.

I thought the progression of color change on this tree was interesting.

I thought the progression of color change on this tree was interesting.

The original tower which was added to in the 18th century.

The original tower that was added to in the 18th century.

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These vines added some bright color to an otherwise gray building.

There were enormous croquet courts at the back of the house - and people were actually playing croquet.

There were enormous croquet courts at the back of the house - and people were actually playing croquet.

The view out to the Firth.  Absolutely perfect.

The view out to the Firth. Absolutely perfect. In the distance you can see Crammond Island - the island that Scotty and I walked out to last June.

The back of the castle - lots of windows to take in the views.

The back of the castle - lots of windows to take in the views.

Japanese Gardens - apparently the largest in the UK.

Japanese Gardens - apparently the largest in the UK.

Waterfall in the garden.

Waterfall in the garden.

Stone Garden

Stone Garden

I would love to come back here in the spring and see everything freshly in bloom.

I would love to come back here in the spring and see everything freshly in bloom.

Once we’d walked around the grounds it was time for our tour.  Our tour guide was classically British in that he was paranoid about the risks of fire. We were warned twice that in the case of a fire an alarm would sound and we would have to follow our guide to the nearest exit.  It’s such a strange phenomenon here that in this water-saturated place where the vast majority of buildings are stone they have such a fear of fire.  Bizarre.  Anyway, our tour included the main rooms as well as a special visit to the guest rooms and servant’s quarters.  I really enjoyed the tour because our paranoid tour-guide obviously cared deeply about this little piece of Scottish history but was feeling some serious time constrants.  He kept checking his clock, rushing us through rooms and making apologies for the quickness of the tour.  I thought he was great!  But I think others were annoyed by him…oh well.  I liked him.  Anyway, here’s some of the highlights:

This is a toilet.  How hilarious is that?

This is a toilet. How hilarious is that?

I do think this a very cool bathtub.  I love the wood cover to keep the water nice and hot and the taps are very so classic.

I do think this a very cool bathtub. I love the wood cover to keep the water nice and hot and the taps are so classic.

The Library

The Library

My favorite part of the library.  These windows looked out to the Firth and check out that ceiling!

My favorite part of the library. These windows looked out to the Firth and check out that ceiling!

Book cases in one of the living areas.

Book cases in one of the living areas.

I would have loved to spend a few hours looking through all the books in these rooms.  The original library was donated to the Scottish Trust and is no longer housed here but from my quick perusal the curators have done a good job of stocking the shelves with books from the late 19th/early 20th centuries.

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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4 Responses to Open Doors Sunday

  1. Katie says:

    fun! love the pic of Aletheia running!

  2. marty says:

    Great fall pictures of a stoic castle…the library is so rich with color/colour! Reminds me of our Thanksgiving together in Dublin!

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