Edinburgh, Travel

Lauriston Castle Edinburgh

May 19, 2015

We set off to Edinburgh for the first of our three day adventure to celebrate our first year anniversary with beautiful blue skies, hooray! It wasn’t meant to last long, boo! So we decided to make the most of it and head to Lauriston Castle.

Now I will be honest we only headed to Lauriston Castle for one reason, the beautiful Japanese Kyoto garden. You know I’m a sucker for a garden.

Now you can visit the castle itself but this is only available through guided tours which are available at 2pm most days. You can find out more infomation here.

Like Dr Neil’s Garden, the Kyoto garden is another one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. It was created to celebrate the twinning of the towns of Edinburgh and the prefecture of Kyoto in Japan and was opened in 2002. The space is very tranquil with views out to the Firth of Forth and because no one knows about it, it is often deserted.

The gardens feature two of my favourite Japanese trees. The beautiful cherry blossom…

and the gorgeous Japanese maple (one of my favourite trees to photograph, after blossom naturally). With the two side by side it felt like spring and autumn combined. Perfectly fitting for the typical Scottish weather we were experiencing of four seasons in a day!

It was so nice to be able to wander round and appreciate the peacefulness of the gardens all to ourselves.

I also managed to capture some shots of a patch of bluebells. Not quite the woodland carpet I have been lusting over in many an instagram post lately but it was good enough for me.

Lauriston Castle is located in the north west of Edinburgh and can be accessed by bus, on foot or by car (there is free car parking available). More information can be found here.

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  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Ahhh those maple leaves are GORGEOUS! What a lovely place to visit.

    • http://agirlandherhome.com Laura @ a girl & her home

      They are definitely my favourite too! So pretty to photograph!

  • http://bloganticipation.blogspot.com/ taylor

    what a gorgeous set of photos from Edinburgh – the grounds of the castle look like they were a delight to walk through. i think my favorite would be the cherry blossoms :) it is truly just so magical. i was SO excited to see the cherry blossom festival in Washington DC this past spring. it was amazing, so glad to have it ‘checked off’ the list :)
    ciao! xo

  • http://www.figsandpigs.com Rebecca Goodman

    Another beautiful garden Ive not been to in Edinburgh thanks Laura you always have the best ideas for my weekends!