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Cramond Village

CRAMOND VILLAGE 8400 B.C. This was the oldest known area of where there is evidence of human settlement in Scotland (8400 B.C.). The Romans used the area as a camp and evidence shows Cramond started to grow as a village

in 142 A.D.  Cramond was also the first area the residents were called commuters, as the new railway built in 1894 would take the residence of the area to Edinburgh City to work. There are many historic buildings and interesting

things to see in Cramond Village a short Taxi ride from Edinburgh city centre. You can also see the Royal Burgess Golf Club the oldest established golf club in the World founded in 1735. The oldest recorded area of human habitation in Scotland is just outside Edinburgh at Howburn dated from (12000 B.C.).

Cramond Village Edinburgh


Cramond Village

Septimius Severus was the last Roman Emperor to try and conquer Scotland in 208 AD but died of illness in 210 AD.

A previous emperor Antoninus Pius also tried to conquer the Scots but gave up after 30 years about in 140 AD.

The Romans failed in their attempts to conquer Scotland and all they left were ruins, walls, roads and bridges which can still be seen today. Both emperors built forts in Cramond about a century apart. This area was inhabited by many hundreds of Romans and was more like a town than a Fort. Don’t miss the Cramond Lioness a sandstone sculpture found in 1997 in the river bed at Cramond. Depicting a Lioness devouring a human torso (600 B.C – 200 B.C.) now in the National Museum in Edinburgh.

Roman Fort in Cramond Village Edinburgh
Roman Fort Cramond Edinburgh From Information Board

Roman Bath House Ruins 

Cramond Village Edinburgh

The Bathhouse was found while the car park was being constructed in 1975.

This is said to be the best preserved Roman

Bathhouse in Scotland.

Roman Bath House Edinburgh

Cramond Tower

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The Cramond Tower once the residence of the Bishop of Dunkeld. Originally built in the 11th century and left vacant for over 300 years it was renovated in the 1970s under strict guidance from historians.

Cramond Tower Cramond Village Edinburgh

Stone Fish Sculpture


Cramond Esplanade

The Stone Fish Sculpture all of 8 tonnes (8000 Kgs) stands 7 feet high (2.2m) and 10 feet (30.5 m) in length can be found on the beach at Cramond.

Stoe Fish Sculpture Cramond Esplanade

Cramond Kirk


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Cramond Kirk dates from the 15th century with additions in 1800s. The bell is from Holland as were most church bells in Scotland.

Cramond Kirk Cramond Village Edinburgh

The River Almond Estuary


Cramond Village 

There is a walkway at the side of the  River Almond access can be gained from the estuary at Cramond. The Almond river is 28 Miles long and winds its way through West Lothian from its source in the Cant Hills near Shotts in Lanarkshire. If you are interested in fishing the Almond it is a great place to start. There is an angling club at Cramond  that started in 1963. The fish that occupy the Almond are salmon and sea trout. Contact the club and catch the big one

Almond River estuary at Cramond. Edinbur

Cramond Island


Cramond Island is accessible by a causeway dependent on tides, have a walk to the island and see the deserted buildings. An Ivy covered Farm house which once was occupied as early as the 1700s and possibly there would have been a Roman lookout tower when Cramond was a Roman strong hold in 200 A.D.

Cramond Island Cramond Edinburgh
Cramond Heritage

Cramond Heritage Museum

The Maltings

Cramond Heritage Trust, The Maltings  6 Riverside Cramond is run by local volunteers. The area is believed to be the oldest continuously occupied settlement in Scotland dating back to 8500 b.c.

The Maltings was originally part of the Royal Oak Inn a favourite meeting place for Robert Louis Stevenson and his friends.

If interest in Cramond and its history and wish to find out more about Cramond Heritage Trust or arrange a visit Please use this contact email

The Maltings   Sign Cramond Edinburgh
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Lauriston Castle


Lauriston Castle originally a Tower House built circa 1330 John Tennand, Almost totally destroyed by the English in 1540 the lands were sold to the Napier’s of Colinton circa 1590. The Law family purchased from the Napier’s Circa 1660 John Law the son was said to be the first ever millionaire.


William Reid became the owner of Lauriston Castle in 1902 and modernised it with plumbing and electricity. He died leaving Lauriston Castle to his wife and on her death she left the castle and land to Scotland with one stipulation, the house and contents were to remain unaltered.

Lauriston Castle is still decorated and furnished as it would have been in 1926. With furnishings dating back to the first owners.


There is in Lauriston Castle's a Courtyard Café. Japanese garden and a woodland walk.

Lauriston Castle
Lauriston Castle Cramond Road South Edin
Lauriston Castle Cramond Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle Gardens


Lauriston Castle and Gardens. Take a walk round the beautiful gardens.  Also in the gardens are statues and memorials  and the original well they would have got their drinking water.

The pond has a Statue of Diane. Above the main entrance is the coat-of-arms of the Rutherfords "Per Mare per Terras", and what looks like a mermaid.

Lauriston Castle Gardens Edinburgh
Lauriston Castle Cramond Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle

Wall Tablet 

The inscription on the tablet reads;

Lauriston Castle wall tablet Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle


Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle was gifted by Kyoto. Take a stroll and meditate in the Japanese garden.

Lauriston Castle Entrance Japanese Garde
Japanese Garden Lauriston Castle Edinbur
Lauriston Castle Mineral Well Edinburgh
Lauriston Garden Statue. Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle


Garden and Grounds

Lauriston Castle Royal Scots War Memoria
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