Captivating Castles: 5 Reasons To Visit Edinburgh Castle In Scotland
So, in my last two posts I have covered two pretty awesome castles:
Now it’s time for number three!
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is a National Monument and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. In 2014, the castle attracted well over 750,000 visitors from all over the world! Here are 5 Fun Facts about the castle:
5 Fun Facts about Edinburgh Castle
1. Edinburgh Castle plays host to the very famous and widely recognised event of the Edinburgh Mlitary Tattoo. The parade takes place every August in front of the castle on the grand esplanade at nighttime. The event is attended by thousands and televised around the world. The parade in the Military Tattoo features traditional Scottish kilts, and Scottish songs are played on hundreds of bag pips and drums, followed by performances and fireworks.
2. Edinburgh Castle was used as a Royal Residence, an army garrison and in the 18th and early 19th centuries it was used as a prison, particularly during the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars and also World War I.
3. Edinburgh Castle was built from the 12th-18th century constructed in memory of Queen Margaret.
4. During the 12th century, the ownership of Edinburgh Castle switched from Scotland to England, and then back to Scotland again.
5. Edinburgh Castle is built upon the massive castle rock, part of an ancient extinct volcano.
5 Highlights of Edinburgh Castle
1. The 1 o’clock Cannon
The 1 o’clock cannon is an enormous medieval super gun, which was made around 1449. Since 1861, each day of the week (except Sundays) at 1pm, that super gun has been fired as a time signal for ships. The gun has been fired by Tam the Gun, and since his death in 2005, the gun has been fired by Shannon the cannon.
This is one of my favourite parts of Edinburgh Castle, and it is well worth it to see the super gun go off! Plus, the person firing the gun is dressed in traditional Scottish attire. Here is a short video I took:
2. The Horse and carriage Footpath
3. St Margaret’s Chapel
St Margaret’s Chapel, named after Queen Margaret, was built in about 1130 by David I as a place of worship for the royal family. The chapel is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Edinburgh and it is definitely one of the smallest chapels I have ever seen on my travels! The chapel is used today for christenings and weddings.
4. The Crown Jewels
The crown jewels are a very popular attraction at Edinburgh Castle; they are so popular that you have to line up (and wait) to be able to see them! It is definitely well worth seeing, but unfortunately, you are not allowed to take any photographs!
5. Views of Edinburgh from the top
As Edinburgh Castle was built up the top of a massive hill, you can capture stunning views of Edinburgh from the top!
Edinburgh Castle is stunning!
Here are a few photos from inside the castle:
Tips for Edinburgh Castle
1. Go on a guided tour: The moment we arrived into Edinburgh Castle, a guided tour was about to begin so my parents and I decided to tag along. The guided tours are FREE, and your guided will show you around the castle and share with you some fun facts and information!
2. Just be a tourist and get your photo taken like a Scottish Guard: This was just something to do for fun!
Want more information?
1. Visit the Official Edinburgh Castle website
2. LIKE the Edinburgh Castle Facebook Page
3. Visit the Military Tattoo Website for more details if you are interested in attending!
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Share your thoughts
Have you been to Edinburgh Castle before? What were your highlights?