More than two million visitors per year (an average of 5.400+ per day) make Edinburgh Castle the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland. Needless to say that it requires patience to take photos without any fellow tourists onto them. But even if your pictures frequently get photo-bombed, it’s much worth a visit, as you can see at the pictures below:
The main attraction, beside the castle itself, is the Mons Meg. It’s one of the biggest muzzle loading guns ever built, and since we’re talking about cannons…
The One o’Clock Gun is fired for visitors at 1pm, daily except Sunday and a few bank holidays. It dates back to 1861. Those days ships set their maritime clocks by the One o’Clock Gun.
You should attend it, especially if you’ve never served in the military. It’s one of the few opportunities to see (and hear) an artillery cannon firing. Speaking of firing…
According to some research, the castle was under siege 26 times making it the most besieged place in the UK and one of the most attacked places in the world. Here’s an interesting little detail: The tiny St Margaret’s Chapel dates back to the 12th century and is considered the oldest building in Edinburgh.
Now isn’t it remarkable?!? A little Chapel in the middle of the most besieged castle survives for 900 years…
Apparently St Margaret’s Chapel is the safest place.
If you have plans to visit Edinburgh Castle, have a look at the official website for additional information. And if you’re in the area, you might also want to have a look at Craigmillar castle, which is just five kilometers to the south east of Edinburgh’s city center. It’s way less crowded than Edinburgh castle, but equally beautiful.
Next month, we’re going to take a look at castle Runkelstein, a.k.a. Roncolo in Bolzano, South Tirol, Italy.
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