Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Fondest memory: This pretty much falls in the category of "You'll only see it here"! Up until March of 2002 there were round the clock Scottish guards stationed at entrance of Edinburgh Castle. Apparently the British Army felt that the Army's resources were overstretched and they were therefore ending the centuries old tradition. Given the fact that the guards at Buckingham Palace were to continue their similar duties and in view of the traditional warm and fuzzy relationships between the English and the Scots...the decision was not overly popular in Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh Castle is accessed at the top of the Royal Mile, via the Esplanade, which was built in the 18th and 19th centuries as a parade ground. You enter the Castle across a drawbridge, the last ever to be built in Scotland. Even if you do not want to enter the castle itself, the views from the Esplanade of Edinburgh are excellent.
I cannot highly enough praise the way in which Edinburgh Castle has been made accessible to wheelchair users like myself --given the fact that the castle sits up on a steep hill and was built at a time when barrier-free design did not exist. When buying a ticket at the booth on the Castle Esplanade, ask about help for access. They will call a van driving you right up to the Castle's main building which has a lift. Don't expect to get everywhere within the Castle premises, but the most important sights are possible for you to see -- including some of the bastions from which there's a breathtaking view over the city. Disabled loo in the cafe and shop.
Thank you Historic Scotland for making this wonderful service available.
Fondest memory: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
I think that edinburgh's castle is just amazing:his position is great and you can have a great view of all the city.You can walk inside it and return back of centuries thinking at the Bravehearth movie and at medieval period.It's a classical touristic thing but i think you can't asbolutely miss it
Fondest memory: The panoramic view is amazing..and just that is enough.But if you are a "medeival age"fan well,then you'll love to walk inside the castle and discover every place in it:with your imagination you'll return back of centuries
Throughout the castle are twenty-six plaques drawing the visitor towards the most significant places of interest and giving 'at-a-glance' information.
You can either walk from the High Street (the old town) or follow the foot path near the West Princes Street Gardens.
If you weren't present during the emotional crowning of Robert the Bruce, don't despair! C'mon over to Edinburgh Castle and you'd relive the days of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce again....
Sorry, but my REAL hero is actually William Wallace. However he died prematurely and couldn't taste the FREEDOM that he craved so much for Scotland. It was Robert the Bruce who finally became the first King of Scotland. I'll share more Scottish history with you later.... Come back again soon.
Visit Scotland's famous landmark … Edinburgh Castle. The castle looks impregnable … and it seems to dominate the city centre. My friends and I, armed with a map, explored very crook and cranny of the castle, leaving no stone unturned …
We took most of the morning and a little of the afternoon, guiding ourselves to the upper levels to await the firing of the one o'clock gun from the ramparts of the castle. Booooooomm …. making everyone who was unprepared jumped out of their skin!
Favorite thing: CASTLE ROCK: This is where Edinburgh began. Small settlement were reported to be built on the eastern side of the fortified rock. In fact, there were archaelogical evidence of human habitation as far back as the Bronze Age, about 1000 BC!
The Castle is also a working military establishment being the headquarters of the Scottish Division.
Look out for the most famous cannon in Scotland - the Mons Meg: A massive 15th century bombard reputed to be able to fire a cannonball as far as 1.5 miles.
Fondest memory: The One O'clock Gun fired at 1 pm everyday (except Sunday). This is a tradition for visitors to check their watches. Origin being for sailing ships in the Firth of Forth to check their chronometers by training a telescope on the castle.
Fondest memory: Check out the royal apartment room in which Mary, Queen of Scotts, gave birth to the boy who became King James VI of Scotland (James I of England) upon the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1603.
Favorite thing: Military Tattoo: Every year in August for 3 weeks, the Scottish regiments will host a lively program of military music, marching & historical re-enactments at the Castle Esplanade. So, if you are interested, please time your arrival right.
My favorite thing about Edinburgh would have to be the beautiful architecture of the city. My friend's mother described it as Scotland's "pretty" city because of this. From the extravagant Balmoral Hotel to St. Giles church to Edinburgh Castle itself, it's definitely a city for eye candy.
Fondest memory: I'll always remember Edinburgh for it's busy hustle-and-bustle. And I'll always remember visiting Edinburgh Castle. The true highlight of visiting this city.
The Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery can both be found at the foot of The Mound Princes Street between East Princes Street Gardens and West Princes Street Gardens.
Here they lay under the Edinburgh Castle in the photo.
Fondest memory: This is taken in late May 2004.
Favorite thing: This photo shows the sheer granite cliff face that armies had to face if the wished to capture the castle. On the opposite side of the castle to this cliff was a lake, which has now been drained and redeveloped into a park.
This is a breathtaking view from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle looking over the Firth (for those non-Scots out there, that is the bay!) From this vantage point you have the most amazing view of the whole region, and it is incredible to see!
Fondest memory: The whole city was alive when I was there. The Military Tattoo was going on as well as the Fringe Festival. People from all over the world converge on Edinburgh in early August, so the energy there was just amazing! Note in the distance a tower atop a hill? See my next tip for more information!