Saturday, 8 March 2014

Lauriston Castle

It was a blustery morning for our visit to Lauriston Castle earlier today. The castle, which is more a country house than an actual castle, is set in lovely grounds, with impressive statuary dotted around.

Our favourite part of the grounds is the Kyoto Edinburgh Friendship garden, which is a lovely japanese style garden.

The old Doric column from the original gardens makes a nice focal point to the garden

 which also has lovely views over the Firth of Forth and Cramond Island

We also had a wonderfully close view of a kestrel, which I added to this year's bird list!


TexWisGirl said...

beautiful garden!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely gardens Juliet.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Oh, this post just made me think of my late mother. She loved Japanese gardens and set about constructing one in our backyard way back in 1965. It was lovely and quite large.
She bought flowering shrubs through the mail and sat at the kitchen table with my crayons dreaming of how the colors would meld together in Spring. She planted 300 trees on ⅓ acre!
Our Japanese neighbors loved to stop by for a visit and a little reminder of home.

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely place to wonder around. The ground are beautiful, I love the water features or ponds. And the views are fabulous. Thank for sharing your visit, have a happy weekend!

speedyrabbit said...

that is a beautiful place,xx Rachel

Dartford Warbler said...

What a lovely winter landscape to walk around.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

Beautiful gardens and I love how the Japanese gardens always look so calm with the water features.
happy weekend

Rabbits' Guy said...

Very nice. Can you tell us who did the statuary - when? Why? Is it very old? I don't think such work is as popular here in America.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Rabbits' Guy - I'd guess the statues date back to the 1840s when the gardens were laid out. I don't know who made the statues but in those days it was very popular to have things like that in a big garden

Karen M said...

That looks like such a beautiful place to explore, Juliet. Wish I could have walked it with you. All the trails here are still snowbound.