Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle

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July, 2015

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Overlooking the City of Edinburgh is the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, walk up the steep cobbled street to a piper playing the bagpipes and time itself seems to slip.

The Castle is an imposing sight, its dark brick walks add a air of menace and you know it would need a brave army to try and overrun this city.

The Castle has been added to over the centuries, so it is a jigsaw of styles and alleyways.

It houses an impressive collection of military history, from grand swords and flags to shaving cups and books of the fallen.

The Scottish Crown Jewels are worth queuing to see as the Coronation Crown of Mary Queen of Scots gleams on its red cushion. The Sword of State is so grand it eclipses the one in the Tower of London and the Sceptre is stunning. The Stone of Destiny takes its worth place next to the Crown.

Stop at the whiskey sampling shop to revive your windswept self or if tea is more needed try the tea-rooms.

Afternoon tea £16 pp and looked good. I had vegetable soup there which to be honest was quite bland and cost £5.50 coffee was £2.50.

The famous one-o-clock gun, which, of courses, goes off at 1pm is very loud and has been fired since the 1920`s. It’s a naval tradition which I know is also used in my home town of Liverpool.

The entrance fast track fee to the Castle is £16 but I bought my ticket as part of a two-day tour buses, ticket to Castle, Palace and Royal Yacht Britannia deal. I paid £43 as a senior. Very good value as the tour buses are hop on hop off all day tickets.

Allow yourself a few hours to make the most of seeing the Castle you wont be disappointed and the views over the city are fabulous.

Christine Reid

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