If you’re looking for castles then you’ve come to the right place. With a castle right in the heart of the city and several fine examples nearby, Edinburgh will transport you back to a time of epic battles and ancient military might. Take it easy after historical excursions in one of Edinburgh’s fantastic hotels.
Scotland’s castles are great places to visit for an insight into the country’s past. These picturesque locations appear as if straight off a postcard, and were once the sites of historical intrigues and heroic battles. Now with guided tours and even the occasional mock battle, visitors are sure to have a great day out.
Castles in the Edinburgh Area
Blackness Castle in Falkirk dates back to the mid-15th century and was once one of the most advanced artillery fortifications in Scotland. It is nicknamed ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its narrow shape and coastal location.
Down the coast in East Lothian, easily accessible by bus or train, is Dirleton Castle. You will also find Tantallon Castle, which is perched on the edge of a cliff and offers dramatic views.
Edinburgh Castle is among Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions and its iconic location in the heart of the city means you can’t miss it. Highlights include the Scottish Crown Jewels and views of the entire city from the castle esplanade.
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