Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
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    Edinburgh Castle Information

    Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of the Scotlands capital city of Edinburgh, the castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

    The volcanic Castle Rock offers a naturally defended position, with sheer cliffs to north and south, and a steep ascent from the west. The only easy approach is from the town to the east, and the castle’s defences are situated accordingly, with a series of gates protecting the route to the summit.

    There has been a royal castle on the rock since the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. From the 15th century the castle’s residential role declined, and by the 17th century, it was used as military barracks with a large garrison.

    Few of the present buildings pre-date the Lang Siege of the 16th century when the medieval defences were largely destroyed by artillery bombardment.

    To help you make the most of your visit we provide complimentary guided tours and audio guides which are in a variety of languages are available to hire.

    Facilities include multiple gift shops, toilets, Cafe and also Tea Rooms.

  • Weather

    7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today through Sunday, with high temperatures bottoming out at 10°C on Sunday.

    Today's Forecast
     Light rain in the morning and dangerously windy throughout the day.
       58%  55%   25 mph
      6:53 am    7:22 pm
    Thursday, Sep 20th
     Breezy until afternoon and light rain overnight.
       66%  43%   16 mph
      6:55 am    7:19 pm

    Friday, Sep 21st
     Foggy in the morning and breezy in the afternoon.
       91%  83%   11 mph
      6:57 am    7:16 pm
    Saturday, Sep 22nd
     Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
       33%  32%   12 mph
      6:59 am    7:14 pm

    Sunday, Sep 23rd
     Breezy until evening and rain until afternoon.
       97%  96%   13 mph
      7:01 am    7:11 pm
    Monday, Sep 24th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
       13%  18%   8 mph
      7:03 am    7:08 pm

    Tuesday, Sep 25th
     Mostly cloudy until evening.
       36%  65%   11 mph
      7:05 am    7:06 pm
    Wednesday, Sep 26th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       20%  66%   16 mph
      7:07 am    7:03 pm

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