Our journey as a pair of Texans learning British way of life.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh castle is more than just a castle, it's a fortress as well, that sits atop the volcanic Castle Rock. There has been a Royal Castle here since the 12th Century and was a residence until the Scottish and English crowns united when King James I (James VI, King of Scots) seceded to the thrown after his cousin Queen Elizabeth I died and left no heirs.

It's the second most popular visitor attraction in Scotland and we arrived early on our first full day. You can tour the castle grounds with an audio-guide, see the Scottish Crown Jewels.
This is Portcullis Gate, the entrance to the Middle Ward.
Notice the rock on the right side of the photo, it's a formidable force, try climbimg that to conquer the castle!There is also a large prison on site and where several prisoners of the American War of Independence.
This amazing building is the Scottish National War Memorial and was amazing inside, unfortunately no photography was allowed.
Below is the Pet Cemetary, the soliders pets get a place of honor!
And the One o'Clock Gun, which is fired like the name says at One o'Clock everyday except Sunday. They joke it's at one not any other time, to save artillery and money!
Looking back through my pictures to share with you, there was a lot more to see that for some reason I didn't have photos of, whether they weren't allowed or I was avoiding the rain, wind, or mobs of people! But there is the royal palace,National War Museum of Scotland, St. Margaret's Chapel, Mons Meg, the Great Hall, and more! If you're there in August you can purchase tickets for the famous Royal Military Tattoo, which takes place just out front.

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