Perhaps Scotland’s most visited castle, Edinburgh Castle sits high above the city at the end of the famed Royal Mile. You probably saw in my last post about the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo that the face of the castle is a focal point in the show’s performances, but that’s only the beginning of the intrigue that I have with this building..
The castle originates from the Bronze Age, meaning it’s pretty darn old. The castle that is standing currently has structures that date back to the 13th century but it was built up more and more over the years giving it a very unique architectural history. You can walk into a building that is centuries old and then walk into one that was built only fifty years ago. Pretty awesome.
If you plan to go to the castle during your time in Edinburgh (which you definitely should), be sure to give yourself enough time to explore. There is so much to see in this giant fortress that we spent around three hours – or more – venturing through its grounds and wandering through its buildings. The lines to see specific areas, like the room that houses the Honours of Scotland – the Scottish Crown Jewels first used in the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots along with the Stone of Destiny – and the museums that are scattered throughout the castle.
The views from the castle were a highlight for me, and they are outstanding. You can essentially see the entire city, from Arthur’s Seat to Princes Street to the sea beyond.
The Great Hall was one of my favorite places we visited inside the castle. Painted in vibrant red and full of intricately-carved wood ornaments, you just get a sense of grandeur upon entering. The stained glass windows and chandeliers only add to its dignity. Along with the Great Hall, you can also see the living quarters for the monarchs and other royalty living in the castle, mostly decorated as they would have been when the castle was inhabited.
A place that I found particularly interesting is the graveyard for dogs belonging to officers in the Royal Army. They have their final resting place overlooking the beauty of the castle and all of Edinburgh; the dog-lover in me loves that they get a special place to rest.
Simply walking through the courtyards and edifices is worth a trip to the castle, but its history is what makes me tick. I loved exploring the grounds while learning an immense amount of Scottish history. The best of both worlds. :)
Learn more about Edinburgh Castle on their website!
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