Historic Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle makes a great day trip from your holiday accommodation here at Loch Lomond Waterfront. Located 68 miles away, you can visit Edinburgh by train or drive there in an hour and a half. This is one of the must-see attractions in Edinburgh, with a network of ancient buildings to explore within the castle walls.
This amazing structure dates, in parts, from the 12th century. The oldest surviving building in the castle grounds is St Margaret’s Chapel, built around 1130. But, over a turbulent history, the castle has been destroyed, rebuilt and developed many times. The current building is very well preserved, with much to see and do on a visit.
Mainly now a historic tourist attraction, the Castle Esplanade also hosts special events, shows and concerts at certain times throughout the year. Including the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a large military display, which takes place every August.
Edinburgh Castle Highlights
There is so much to see at Edinburgh Castle, you could easily spend a whole day. Here is an excellent 2-3 hour itinerary, which ensures you take in all the highlights. Or, if you have a shorter window, there is a 1-hour option.
Enjoy panoramic views of Edinburgh from high on Castle Rock. Don’t miss St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh. See the impressive Great Hall and its collection of armour and weapons. At 1pm each day (except Sundays) see the One-o-clock Gun fired as a time signal. Explore the Royal Palace, where kings and queens lived and visited over the centuries. Then behold the Honours of Scotland and Stone of Destiny, first used together for the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots.
For those interested in military history, you can visit the National War Museum, Regimental Museums, Scottish National War Memorial and the Prisons of War.
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For Edinburgh Castle ticket prices, opening times and further visitor information, plan your visit here.Book Accommodation
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