History records that the original Lauriston Castle was built in medieval times, but almost entirely destroyed in 1544 by the Early of Hertford's troops. The present-day tower house (left) dates from the 1590s and the site has been considerably extended and altered since.

Edinburgh's 7 lesser-known castles and where to find them

Edinburgh is famous around the world for the castle that occupies its historic centre – but it’s not the only one the city has to offer.

In fact, as it turns out, the Scottish capital has enough castles to match each one of its 7 hills – though some stand today in a ruinous state, have been extensively altered, or have been lost altogether.

If Calcutta in India is known as the city of castles, then perhaps Edinburgh should rebrand itself the Calcutta of the West.

We take a look at 7 of the city’s lesser-known castles, and where to find them.

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