Lovely Lauriston

Hi Friends.

How would you like to join me today for a stroll around the grounds of one of the prettiest castles in Scotland?  Oh good, I’m so pleased!  I promise that you are going to love it.

Today we are in Edinburgh at the oh-so-lovely Lauriston Castle.

Just a quick history of the castle:  Lauriston’s tower house – the original construction on the left – (see picture below) was built by Sir Archibald Napier sometime around 1593 and the pretty Jacobean-style extension was added in 1827.  Over the centuries, the castle passed through numerous hands until it came into the possession of its final owners – William and Margaret Reid.  The Reids acquired the property in 1902 and lived there until Mrs. Reid’s death in 1926.  Because the couple had no children, they left the castle to the city of Edinburgh under the condition that it be preserved unchanged.  And so the promise was kept.  The remarkable Edwardian interior, filled to the brim with their fine furniture and artwork, is now a museum maintained by the city.  For a nominal fee, you can take a guided tour of this home (uh, castle) which remains exactly as it was at the time of the Reids.  The manicured grounds, which boast a view of the sea and a stunning  Japanese garden are a real bargain – free!  Lauriston truly is a gem in Edinburgh.

The photos that follow are from Mr. C’s and my first trip to Scotland, which we took in the month of May.  The weather that day was magnificent.  I think you will see that with scenery like this, it was impossible not to fall crazy in love with the place.

I do hope you will enjoy today’s pictorial blog.

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Holyrood Park

It was our first time in Scotland and the end of our trip.  After two weeks of near perfect May weather, our last day met us with a chill.  Rain came down, fog rolled in, and it was a precise reflection of our mood.  We were sad.  More than that.  We were downright melancholy.  For at that time we had no idea whether we would be able to return to Scotland.  Was this a once-in-a-lifetime thrill?  Did we just fall head over heels for a place that we would never again lay our eyes upon?  It is, after all, an expensive proposition to fly almost 6,000 miles and to lodge and live in a foreign country for two weeks.  And to my way of thinking, if we can’t go for at least two weeks, then why bother going at all.  It is a long, expensive journey to only take a small taste of the place.  And I don’t want only a taste!  I want a whole, heaping plate full.

Feeling glum, Mr. C and I decided to get out for awhile rather than sulk about our morning flight home.  So, we did a little shopping, attended a wonderful afternoon church service at Grace Church Leith (an overwhelmingly emotional experience for we two sad saps), and finally, as the weather cleared a little, we made our way over to Holyrood Park.

It. Was. Breathtaking.

It was magical.

It was bittersweet.

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St. Margaret’s Loch and the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel

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