At the heart of Edinburgh stands one of the oldest monuments in Scotland. While the city below has expanded at a dizzying rate into a bustling hub of activity, the castle remains unchanged since the 12th century, its towers a distinctive feature of the Edinburgh skyline.
The castle has played a vital role in Scotland’s turbulent history, having been under siege a record amount of times. It was constantly passed between the English and Scottish and ultimately lost its status as a royal residency – the last monarch to sleep there was Charles I in 1633. Oliver Cromwell had it converted into barracks after seizing it in the 17th century, and it was also used to hold prisoners of war during the conflicts that continued well into the 19th century.
Its eventful past means that every room in the castle tells a story. In the Crown Room, visitors can marvel at the Honours of Scotland, which are the oldest crown jewels in Britain. The room in which King James I was born has also been well preserved.
Don’t miss: The legendary Stone of Scone has found its final resting place in Edinburgh Castle, having been shuffled around the UK throughout its history. Referred to by the Scots as the Stone of Destiny, this artefact has particular significance for the British monarchy, having been used in coronation ceremonies since the reign of Edward I in the 13th century.
How to visit by superyacht: Leith Docks, only 25 minutes from Edinburgh castle, has the capacity to host yachts of any size. It is not uncommon for superyachts to venture to Scotland; Le Grand Bleu which measures 112 metres, was docked there in August.
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