Edinburgh Castle, ScotlandPosted in Europe | January 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Edinburgh Castle is one structure that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland. It sits there unequalled to the whole of the British Isles. Almost 10 decades’ worth of history lies sitting atop the famous rock of Edinburgh; and once you’ve seen the castle in all its beauty, you will know exactly why a million visitors throng their every year to bask in its glory.
A visit to Scotland, and specifically to the Edinburgh Castle will throw light on why the earliest inhabitants of the area; the people from the region of current-day Edinburgh chose this region to make their houses. Throughout history, people have looked for a safe refuge when it came to building their foundations. Once you see the volcanic rock that acts as the base for the Edinburgh Castle, your questions will be answered. This rock formation made for the ultimate haven in terms of being safe and being in a good defensive position.
The city of Edinburgh began growing outwards from this Castle on the great rock. The first ever houses to spring up in the area were said to be built right in front of the castle and are in today’s date situated in what is called the Lawnmarket. The streets going down from here collectively form for a single street that is aptly named the ‘Royal Mile’. The Royal Mile acquired its name from the English and Scottish kings and queens who have travelled to and fro from here to the Palace of Holyrood House.
If you visit Edinburgh, the perfect way to seal the deal would be to visit the Edinburgh Castle. Wander up to the higher parts of the castle, and you will be left astounded by the spectacular views. I know for a fact that this is one structure that never ceases to amaze me. The Scottish have aptly named it as the ‘Castle of Castles’.
Any visitor to the castle is awarded with some magnificent panoramic views of the region when they get to the castle. Whether you are on the lowest levels or the highest ones, there is definitely a visual treat in store by you. To the north lies the mountains of The Kingdom of Fife. Immediately below you is the Beyond Princes Street. The peculiarity of this street is that all of the shops are on the northern side of the street; and this is done so that you can have an uninterrupted view of the castle on the other side of its length.