Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park

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Edinburg Castle
When one is in Scotland, the Edinburgh Castle is definitely worth the while to visit. It is the most famous of the Scottish castles and has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century. The Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510. The Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century. And the Scottish National War Memorial was erected after the First World War.

The castle was meant to protect the city and this explains the two rounds of cannons, one at Arglye Battery and the other at Half Moon Battery, both strategically located to face the sea. The cannon balls located at the Half Moon Battery are so huge that they were able to be shot off at a distance of over 3km, enough to reach the enemies arriving from the sea.
Entering the Castle


A trip to the Holyrood Park located to the south east of the Old Town at the edge of the city center and a walk up the array of hills is highly recommendable.

Known also as Queen’s park, it is associated with the royal palace of Holyroodhouse and was formerly a 12th century royal hunting estate. But it is now almost always open for the public to enjoy. Although it is entirely surrounded by the city, the 650 acres park with its charming and unmanicured wildscape consisting of array of hills, lochs, ridges, basalt cliffs and patches of thorny and prickly shrubs offers solitude and stimulating walking.

Arthur’s Seat, which is the highest point in Edinburgh, is located at the center of the park and to the east of the Castle. It is an extinct volcano and this large hill resembles a crouching lion.

Although the hills look steep from the bottom, the walk up the hills is pretty easy. The only thing is that the entire park is so huge and one could walk and explore the whole place for hours and hours. Unfortunately, I did not have much time to fully explore the park. The beautiful view of the city offered from above the hills is just another reward in addition to the quiet moments with the beautiful nature in the edge of a beautiful city. It is definitely an experienced not to be missed.

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Edinburg Castle
Edinburg Castle
Entering the Castle
Entering the Castle
One of the many sections of the Ca…
One of the many sections of the C…
First row of cannons at Argyle Bat…
First row of cannons at Argyle Ba…
View of the city from the Castle
View of the city from the Castle
View of the city from the Castle
View of the city from the Castle
One of the cannons in Half Moon Ba…
One of the cannons in Half Moon B…
These cannon balls can be shot up …
These cannon balls can be shot up…
Leaving the Castle....
Leaving the Castle....
Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags
Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags
Holyrood Park
Holyrood Park
View of the city and sea from the …
View of the city and sea from the…
View of the city from the hills
View of the city from the hills
Nice stroll up the Salisbury Crags
Nice stroll up the Salisbury Crags
Salisbury Crags
Salisbury Crags
Edinburgh
photo by: vances