Edinburgh Castle is one of the most evocative castles in the whole of Britain and has dominated the Edinburgh skyline for centuries. In this private tour you will be met at your hotel and walk you through the city streets with your own private and local guide right into the depths of the castle.
Built on top of an extinct volcano, its geographical location made it one of the best-defended castles in Scottish history.
The Royal castle has stood in this spot since the 12th century and remained the Scottish Royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603 although people have lived on the site for almost 3,000 years. In fact the oldest building in all of Scotland is right here in the shape of St. Margarets Chapel.
Your tour will begin at the imposing Portcullis Gate before visiting the Argyle Battery with it’s fantastic views over the city towards Fife.
Take the Lang Stairs up to the summit of Castle Rock and then visit some of the fabulous towers, prisons, museums and exhibitions that lay around this huge fortress including those dedicated to some of the oldest and finest military units in the British Army and the National War Museum.
Just before lunch see the famous daily 1pm firing on the battlements. Here a 105mm field gun is fired every day at 1pm, except Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day. A gun has been fired here since 1861 as a time signal to shipping in the Firth of Forth.
After a well earned lunch or drink, visit Mons Meg, an ancient siege gun that could send shells over 2 miles before visiting St. Margaret’s Chapel, dating from 1130, making it the oldest known surviving building in Scotland.
Meandering your way past several more prominent artillery batteries, visit the Royal Apartments and the magnificent crown jewels and legendary Stone of Destiny which for centuries has been used in the inauguration of new monarchs.
Finally the tour will end with a visit to The Great Hall which was completed in 1511 for the state ceremonies of King James IV. You can still see the original hammerbeam roof and a vast array of weapons and armour around the walls.
After the tour, your guide will return you to your hotel or if you prefer, leave you at one of the many fabulous pubs or restaurants on the Royal Mile.