The first stop in Edinburgh that we made was none other than the imposing Edinburgh Castle. This castle, resting bedrock overlooking the city is impossible to miss. It is a major medieval structure, that you have to see to say you’ve done Edinburgh right.
After climbing the hill and the steps to the top of the castle, I could immediately see how this castle would be ideal to protect and defend. Unlike the other castles we have visited in Wales, the Edinburgh Castle has only one exposed point of entrance. This is one tough castle.
Using our CADW membership (yes please) we were able to get 50% off our admission to the castle, saving us about $15. (Not bad, that CADW membership is paying for itself.) When we bought our admission we were recommended to purchase a guidebook as “not much information is displayed throughout the castle”. I thought it was a selling point, but I was wrong. There was very little displayed information about the castle history, different from other castles we have visited. Having to feel “forced” to purchase a guidebook on top of $22 admission doesn’t sit right with me. (Negative point.)
When we finally made it into the castle, it was cold and windy but ventured on ready to make the best of a very cold situation Exploring the grounds, and taking in the stunning views of the city, we spotted a Scottish Whisky Tasting room right there on the castle grounds. Of course, being the whisky lover that I am, I enjoyed popping in there and seeing the selection for sale, plus for sampling.
After being warmed up by the sampling of whisky, we headed view the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Great Hall and the National Scottish War Memorial.
All in all, we spent about 1 1/2 hours at the Edinburgh Castle. We probably would have spent a more time there if it wasn’t so stinking cold. I was pretty grumpy gills by the end of it.
My thoughts: It is an amazing castle and as I mentioned it is a “must see” for Edinburgh. But, it wasn’t the most impressive castle we have visited or the top of my list. I felt that the castle was too preserved with not very much access to much of the castle (much of it is used for office space now) which is our favorite part:, exploring nooks and crannies. There wasn’t much exploring, instead we walked around and followed the map.
What about you? Have you visited Edinburgh Castle? What were your thoughts?
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