Day Out at Lauriston Castle

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

I will fully admit that about 95% of my Sundays are spent indoors, in PJs, on the sofa. The weather was so nice last weekend though that B and I felt too guilty to stay at home so decided to go for a day out instead. We initially thought about going along to the Meadows Festival but after browsing the website and observing that it was mainly attended by kids and juggling hippies we decided it wasn’t for us. We got our thinking caps on and after deciding that we’d go for a carvery lunch at Lauriston Farm I offered up the suggestion of going for a walk around the Lauriston Castle grounds while we were there. A few Google searches later I discovered that you can actually take a tour of the castle so a plan was formed and we set off for an adventure!

We actually only live a 5 minute drive from Lauriston Castle so it was nice and handy to get to (we technically could have walked it in about 15 mins, but we wanted to take a drive along the beachfront for a scenic route). After parking up in the free car park we had a walk around the gardens and admired the view across the Forth, taking a few snaps along the way. There is a daily tour of the castle interior at 2pm (£5 per person), so we joined that and were shown around by a friendly tour guide who filled us in on the history of the place and showed us all the little quirks (including secret passageways....gotta love a secret passageway!). The tour lasted about an hour and was really interesting – I love looking round old buildings, and the rooms have pretty much been left untouched since the last owners died in the 1920’s so it’s literally like stepping back in time. 

Lauriston Castle

Over the sea to Fife

Sunglasses from Primark.  Man from Bonnyrigg

Pretty flowers in the garden

More pretty flowers

Statue in a pond

Another view of the pond

An office in the castle

Sitting room / billiard room

Music room (piano out of shot)

Dining room - love that light!

Library - love the "dog keeping on common sense lines" book

Secret door!

The library

 Once the tour was over we went for another walk around the grounds, checking out the Chinese water garden and generally just enjoying the peace and quiet. There were quite a few people around sitting enjoying the sunshine but it still felt so peaceful. Now that we know we have such a beautiful place right on our doorstep we are definitely going to come along again, even if just for a relaxing day in the grounds with a book and a picnic.

Chinese water garden

Chinese water garden

Under a blossom tree

 After we’d had enough of the walking we jumped back in the car and drove round the corner to the Toby Carvery for a late lunch/early dinner. I bloody love a carvery – I think a roast dinner is probably my favourite type of meal actually. As this place is so near our flat we’ve been here a couple of times for a Sunday carvery – it’s nothing special really but if you’re in the mood for a roast it definitely hits the spot! Also as this was our only meal of the day we decided to go all out and got a massive brownie ice cream sundae to share for pudding.

How good does that look?!

If you’re looking for a day out in Edinburgh I’d definitely recommend popping along for a tour of the castle, or even just a walk around the grounds. It’s free to visit but if you want to join the tour then it’s £5 (check the website for tour times as it differs through the year) – so all in all it’s a cheap day!

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