Edinburgh Castle :: Shared Description

The castle stands on Castle Rock. It is the remains of an extinct volcano, which is estimated to have risen some 350 million years ago. The summit of the Castle Rock is 390 ft above sea level, with rocky cliffs to the south, west and north. This means that the only readily accessible route to the castle is from the east, where the ridge slopes more gently, giving the castle its all but impregnable location. It is believed that the first inhabitants of Edinburgh settled on Castle Rock, possibly as far back as the 9th century BC.

There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603 although few of the present buildings pre-date the Lang Siege of the 16th century, when the medieval fortifications were largely destroyed by artillery bombardment. From the later 17th century, the castle became a military base, with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognised from the 19th century, and various restoration programmes have been carried out since. Although the garrison left in the 1920s, there is still a, largely ceremonial and administrative, military presence at the castle including a number of regimental museums. It is also famous as the setting of the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland, and is Scotland's most popular paid-for tourist attraction, with more than a million visitors each year.

LinkExternal link Edinburgh Castle Official web site
LinkExternal link comprehensive Wikipedia article
by David Dixon
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NT2573 : Cannons, Edinburgh Castle by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - Ramparts from above by N Chadwick
NT2573 : The Gatehouse, Edinburgh Castle by David Dixon
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - interior by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - The Fore Well by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - Foog's Gate by N Chadwick
NT2573 : The Gatehouse at Edinburgh Castle - July 1993 by Jeff Buck
NT2573 : Cannons on the Ramparts by N Chadwick
NT2473 : Looking down Castle St to Castle Rock and the Castle by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - interior by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle by David Dixon
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Castle on the rock by Alan Murray-Rust
NT2573 : View from The Scott Monument - Edinburgh Castle by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - The Gatehouse by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Inside Edinburgh Castle by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - inside a cell, Military Prison by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - Palace block by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - Forewall Battery by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - The One O' Clock Gun by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - National War  Museum by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle - Foog's Gate by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Stained Glass, St Margaret's Chapel by N Chadwick
NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock by David Dixon

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Created: Sat, 5 Jun 2010, Updated: Sun, 29 Mar 2015

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