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.
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:
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.