There is only one easy way up this crag in central Edinburgh, so it was the perfect location for the city's ancient fortifications and famous castle. Scholars say Castle Rock has been inhabited continually for more than 7,000 years and there has been a royal residence here for nearly a thousand years. Modern visitors can tour the Great Hall and several military history exhibits, and view the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish crown jewels.
By Barry Shelby
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
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Sun - Sat 9:30am - 5pm