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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Quick facts

From its position on the Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. Since at least the Iron Age, archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock although the nature of the early settlement is unclear.

Since the reign of David I in the 12th century, there has been a royal castle on the rock and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633 at times. The residential role of the castle declined from the fifteenth century, and by the seventeenth century it was primarily used as military barracks with a large garrison.

Its importance as part of Scotland’s national heritage has been increasingly recognized since the early 19th century, and various restoration programs have been undertaken over the past one and a half centuries.

As one of the Kingdom of Scotland’s most important strongholds, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite rising of 1745.

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Top hotels near Edinburgh Castle

The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle offers a range of Edinburgh‘s opulent suites, each unique with its own special features. The suites are lavishly furnished and feature Gothic touches, large oak beds and 4-poster beds, velvet-lined walls and flamboyant red and gold...

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Located in Edinburgh, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is just meters from Princes Street and George Street. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen smart TV, 300 thread count bed linen, a complimentary treatment box and a free fresh milk and...

The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel

Offering a Michelin-starred restaurant, a pool and a gym, The Balmoral Hotel is located on Princes Street. Waverley Station and the main shopping area of Edinburgh are a 5-minute walk away. The Balmoral, which was opened in 1902, now offers...

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Interesting facts about Edinburgh Castle

Here are some interesting facts about this fascinating landmark:

  • The castle is sitting on the top of dormant volcano.
  • There’s a dog cemetery on the grounds of the castle, dating back to 1840.
  • The legends says that castle is haunted by the ghost of the Lone Piper.
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