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Edinburgh Castle

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As I have mentioned before, being obsessed with past ages and history I was absolutely thrilled at the thought of visiting this fortress which has the oldest building in Scotland on the premises, The St Margaret’s chapel!

The site of Edinburgh Castle, called Castle Rock, has been occupied since the Bronze Age and the actual buildings have been there from 12th Century until present day. It has been used as a royal residence as well as military base and is now a tourist attraction and the home of the Scottish Crown Jewels.

It was freezing on the day that Katherine and I decided to visit the castle and we had to stand in a long queue to get a ticket to go inside. TRAVEL TIP: pre-book your ticket online and skip the queue entirely – definitely worth it! Once inside there is so much to see you almost don’t know where to start, they have all kinds of tour guides and options but we didn’t want to spend 4 hours there so just saw what grabbed our interest – I can understand that people make a whole day out of this as there is so much on offer. We loved the view of Edinburgh from the walls of the castle, you could see Arthur’s Seat clearly and that made for breathtaking photos. We also checked out the Great Hall, the Prisoners of War rooms, the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mom’s Meg as well as some of the museums they have set up inside the various structures.

They have a restaurant, gift shop and even a store where you can have your family crest drawn for you. We spent about 2 hours there in total and it was just enough time. We combined this with an open bus tour of the whole city and that gave us a good overview of all the attractions Edinburgh has to offer.

I really LOVED this experience and think it’s a must for anyone visiting Scotland. Check their website as they have all kinds of cool events and tours of the castle i.e a whisky tour – could be fun!

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Panoramic view from the castle view over the city of Edinburgh below

Panoramic view from the castle view over the city of Edinburgh below