An historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Sitting on the Castle Rock a sheer rock cliff of volcanic origins.
There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, in the 17th century the castle was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison.
Here you will find so much history, beautiful views and lovely walk up the royal mile to get there, there are steps in most of the buildings but they are very manageable however you may want to ask if your in a wheelchair how much you could actually get to view.
The castle is Partly indoors and partly outside so be prepared if the weather conditions are poor.
You can take the free guided tour, this takes around 30 mins, the guides are knowledgable and friendly the tour gives you a good base to build from so you make sure you don't miss any parts especially the Scottish Crown Jewels, the seat of Scone and learning about its history, then the cannon fired at 1pm, a truly humbling and spectacular monument to soldiers lost in World Wars and a free nip of whiskey from the shop
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The castle is home to Mons Meg the largest cannon in medieval Scotland and still an impressive looking piece of kit today, there is the war museum, the prison museum, you can wander around the cannons and understand why they are where they are and see how they could and still hit everything for quite a distance.
Not only are the exhibits genuinely interesting to read about and photograph, but the castle is an excellent point to get different viewpoints of the city and the surrounding countryside.