Lauriston Castle

When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner, Mrs Reid.

The Castle and the collections it contains is one of Scotland’s greatest gifts. Collections include, Italian Furniture, Sheffield Plate, Crossley Wool Mosaics and Blue John ornaments. The interiors of the house are the work of  Mrs Reid's husband, Mr W R Reid, the owner of Morison & Co., a leading Edinburgh cabinet making business.

The beautiful grounds were laid out by William Henry Playfair in the 1840s.  Much of the planting dates to this period. The award-winning Japanese Friendship garden, gifted by the prefecture of Kyoto, is a tranquil place to contemplate.

A view of Lauriston Castle in the sunshine


Find out more about Lauriston Castle and its fascinating history.



Find out more about the collections in this fabulous home that has been preserved exactly as it was in Edwardian times.

The library at Lauriston Castle

Visitor Information

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Lauriston Castle paper cut mobiles workshop, November 2013


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Santa Claus at Lauriston Castle

Schools and Community Groups

Information about events and other activities at Lauriston Castle for schools and community groups

Gambler, duellist, murderer

Did you Know?

about the gambler, duellist, murderer and financial genius?

Did you Know?

about the gambler, duellist, murderer and financial genius?

John Law, Lauriston’s most remarkable owner, financed an extravagant lifestyle by gambling before his debts forced him to sell his interest in Lauriston to his mother. He killed a man in a duel, and was sentenced to death for murder, but escaped from prison and fled to Europe.  A brilliant financial thinker, his scheme for an economy based on credit, investment and paper money, originally intended to revive Scotland’s fortunes, was taken up in France by the Regent, the Duc d’Orleans. This led to a remarkable story of financial success followed by dramatic ruin. Law died in relative poverty in Venice in 1729.