Edinburgh Castle

The castle sits upon a crag in Edinburgh Scotland and the site has been fortified since the 12th century.

It is a very popular tourist attraction and the most visited of paid sites in Scotland.

The castle was a royal residence from the 12th century until 1633 And in the ensuing centuries it took on more of a role as a military barracks and in the 19th century as a prison. Much of the castle was destroyed in a siege in 1523. English troops bombarded the castle with cannon firing 3,000 rounds at it over the course of twelve days. In the 17th century it was repaired and rebuilt at different intervals.

Today it is in the ownership and care of the Scottish Ministers and it is run as a museum with some limited governmental and military functions.

 

About Visiting the Castle

It is an excellent and very popular tourist attraction.

The castle is open year round although it's open hours change a little bit from Summer to Winter. They have guided tours and self directed audio tours. The castle has a full spectrum of amenties including gift shops, a cafe and a tea room. And some of the attractions to see include the Great Hall, the Royal Palace, Several museums and even the crown jewels of Scotland can be viewed. For more information, including pricing and events you can check out the official website right here

 

 

 

 

Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet's Pocket Edinburgh is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take in the views and the history from Edinburgh Castle, shop, eat and drink in the New Town, or relax in Princes Street Gardens; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Edinburgh and begin your journey now!

 

Scotland Castles and Clans: The Legends

Discover Scotland's forgotten legends. Historian Brian C. Mack explores the panorama of Scottish history in rich detail with accounts of battles, castles and heroic figures, while artist Karol Mack brings the famous sites to life with beautiful paintings. Its superb storytelling and visual appeal make this book a feast for all those who have ever been touched by the romance and beauty of Scotland. Brian is of Scottish descent, a member of Clan Home. He has traveled extensively throughout Scotland; studying Scottish history at the Kings College in Aberdeen, Scotland before graduating from the University of New Mexico, U.S.A. Brian resides in Estes Park, CO. Karol Mack's work is part of national and international collections. She has traveled and painted throughout Scotland exploring her ancestry as member of Clan Lamont. Her artistic honors include numerous awards, signature memberships, and one person exhibitions. She lives outside of Santa Fe, NM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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