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Edinburgh Castle

One of the oldest fortified places in all of Europe, experience Scotland’s most treasured heritage site, Edinburgh’s ancient fortress and unearth the dark history of Britain’s most besieged castle.


First dated back to the 12th century, Edinburgh Castle has been home to countless Scottish rulers across history, including Mary Queen of Scots and James VI of Scotland (James I of England), and served as the backdrop for much of the Wars of Independence between Scotland and England. Today, Edinburgh Castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the mystic Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg, a staggering-six tonne war cannon first gifted to James II of Scotland in 1457.

  • The view of Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock from the West Prince Street Gardens, with the Ross Fountain