Edinburgh Castle is the most famous landmark in Edinburgh, and it's a must-see when in Edinburgh. It is positioned on top of Castle Rock, another extinct volcano.
Here is a view of goodness knows which battery, with cannons/guns pointing out, ready to shoot any nemeses that stand in their way!
I *think* this is a view of the reservoir.
The one o' clock gun (furthest away), which is fired everyday (except Sunday) at 1pm.
Here is a pretty view of Arthur's Seat from the castle.
And here is another pretty view which you don't get to see everyday... (^o^)
Then we have the Royal Palace, where you can find the high-security vault which houses the Honours of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Of course, I saw them. That goes without saying that no photographies are allowed, so no photos! (^,^)
Here we have the Scottish National War Memorial, where again no photography is allowed. It contains lots of war monuments and memorials and stuff like that. There was also a Prisoners of War exhibition there, if I am not mistaken.
St Margaret's Chapel is the oldest building in the castle, from the 12th century. It was very small, and the interiors are refurbished, so it does not look old and run-down inside at all!
David's Tower on the other hand looks much older (Sorry I'm a sucker for ruins >.<). It is a dark cellar where over 100 soldiers slept during a siege. The Honours of Scotland (well, the sword and the sceptre) were also hidden here during World War II.
Well, I guess that's more than enough. The castle's really large, and it took about 1.5 hours for me to finish the tour of the castle. I was just wandering randomly around the castle, not knowing what is what or where is where. And in the course of typing this, I've found that I've missed out on some important places. My recommendation if you ever visit this castle: get an audio guided-tour, even if you have to pay 2-3 pounds for it!
And I have a sudden urge to poke somebody.
29 April 07
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