Castles in Edinburgh

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Castles in Edinburgh

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  • Marina S
    Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
    Beautiful ancient castle with a lot of awesome views, paths, small interesting museums. We loved it.
    Written May 21, 2022
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  • Bluesblonde
    Pittsburgh, PA17 contributions
    It was beginning to rain. We were advised to visit the Queen's Palace. The grounds and guides were interesting. Beautiful place to visit. A step back in time.
    Written May 22, 2022
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  • Lorna2412
    Elgin, UK19 contributions
    Not the easiest to find as not great signposting off the main road but ok once on the wee side road. We followed satnav though, so were fine.
    Good sized car park.
    The guy at the ticket office was lovely and told us where everything was and what it related to. First class service.
    Let’s face it, there’s not much there to actually do but you have to go if you’re an Outlander fan! It’s worth it.
    Lovely wee key keyring with an honesty box (£1).
    Written October 18, 2021
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  • Joe R
    Wishaw, UK18 contributions
    We were at a wedding at the castle, loads of famous people have been there from Paul McCartney to the Pope. I just love this area and the Dundas Family have loads of history in the area.
    Written December 14, 2021
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  • Junior2008
    Fergus, Canada204 contributions
    This was a real unexpected pleasure! What a great site to visit. There is plenty to see in this beautiful old castle ruin. Not as polished as other sites, but that adds to the appeal. It is a 10 minute taxi ride from Holyrood palace - we took an Uber. If you are here, it was in our top 3 locations in Edinburgh!
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • dossy1
    Edinburgh, UK154 contributions
    Not strictly a castle. Park your car at the entrance and walk down the drive to the house.Take the tour of the house and admire the views over the River Forth to Fife. Walk in the extensive gardens, but choose a good day weatherwise. Also take the short walk to the Japanese Garden, which celebrates the twinning of Edinburgh and Kyoto. The gardens are free to wander around, but there is a charge for the guided tour of the house.
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, UK1,618 contributions
    It is free of charge to walk up to the front of the castle, which makes for a good photo op. Also gives you good views of Edinburgh.
    Written August 5, 2021
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  • Sam3314
    Derby, UK1,705 contributions
    The national armed forces memorial for Scotland. It stands near the top of the castle, across from the royal palace. Separate panels for each service and each regiment. Each regiment chose its own way to be remembered. Very solemn and moving
    Written October 7, 2020
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  • Gaurav C
    New Delhi, India3,090 contributions
    The Great hall certainly is a marvel of the old era...The wooden roof is a splendor in itself...It is displaying weapons and armors reminiscent of its glorious military past..It is located in the crown square of the castle..a tic is needed to visualize its splendor..
    Written February 11, 2020
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  • bsandrs
    Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
    This magnificent piece is situated at the top of Edinburgh Castle looking out over the battlements towards the Firth of Forth. Given the scale it is hard to imagine that it was ever moved let alone used in anger. However, reading the background it once was moved over 50 miles in 1460 at an average rate of 3 miles per day by oxen under the control of troops commanded by King James the Second of Scotland. Indeed the gun remained operational until 1681, when the barrel finally burst.
    Written February 4, 2021
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  • TikikaiTikikai
    Newport-on-Tay, UK97 contributions
    The castle and nearby Crichton Collegiate Church were both beautiful and interesting. They are in a fairly remote but accessible location. The castle ruins are impressive now but when intact the castle must have been very striking.
    Written May 8, 2019
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