Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh
Originally a 1590s tower house, the castle was built for Sir Archibald Napier, and extended during the 1820s by the architect William Burn for its owner, Thomas Allan. The tranquillity of its setting overlooking the Firth of Forth, combined with its proximity to the centre of Edinburgh, makes Lauriston typical of the large suburban villas which once provided rural amenity for the powerful and wealthy of the city.
Admission by guided tour only. Tour times: April to October, Saturday - Thursday, 11.20am, 12.20am, 2.20pm, 3.20pm and 4.20pm. November to March, Saturdays and Sundays only, 2.20pm and 3.20pm.