Of Kings and Castles.

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Return to the Queen’s Arms, Cliffside Defenses, Portcullis, The Great Hall, Ancient Ruins, One O’Clock Gun, Mon Megs, Honours of Scotland, War Museum, & National War Memorial….

A return trip to Edinburgh with Sarah, Matt & Jackie the Wednesday of last week proved to be absorbed in near entirety by the size and wealth of attractions in one of Scotland’s premier attractions and historical centres, Edinburgh Castle.

We took a £9 (Return Trip) bus from Glasgow’s Buchanon Bus Station to Edinburgh where we first saw the Scottish Art Museum before heading back to the Queen’s Arms for another fantastic lunch and brew (I plan on going to this place as many times as I can find excuse, get ready Adam, Mom & Dad)!  After lunch we walked through the park and up the cliffside around to the Royal Mile and forward to the Castle entrance.

After an exhorbitant £12 entrance fee (Scottland’s best and most expensive castle) we spent the remainder of the day exploring the expansive castle grounds.  We had just missed the firing of the One O’Clock Gun which replaced visual timekeeping devices in Edinburgh due to the heavy fog and weather common to the area.  Every day the gun is fired at One O’Clock to set official city time.  When timekeeping was inaccurate, this was of paramount importance due to the train system which was developing and relied upon accurate timekeeping.  There were even widely published maps which would take into account the speed of sound so as to give an accurate time when hearing the gun miles from the Castle battery (an 11 second delay on the city outskirts, but can be heard from much further).

Aside from the breathtaking battery and defences views which gave position on all sides for miles around and would have definately intimidated any army seeking capture, I thoroughly enjoyed the Castle Square/Keep.  The museums around the base were interesting and the Dragoon museum which explains the evolution from horseback to tanks was definately entertaining, but there was so much information and war artifacts, medals, and weapons that I simply had neither the time nor interest to fully appreciate them.

On the other hand, the castle square featured doors on all sides which led to rooms and adventures which captured my imagination, lending a true glimpse back into the times of true Kings and Castles.  It appeared that they were escavating into the castle underneath the square where there were all kinds of carved out stone passageways and rooms which I deeply desired to explore but were one of the few things shut off from the public.  Other highlights included the Royal Apartments, the Great Hall, the Scottish Honours (Sword, Wand, Crown, and Ancient Ceremonial Stone Throne), and a prison museum.  The prison museum was much more enjoyable than the War museums as it wasnt a collection of artifacts and text stories but a walk through adventure redecored to fit the period and made you feel as though you were touring the actual grounds a few hundred years ago.

After leaving the castle, we stopped in for a very brief look at the National Museums (which were just about to close) before heading back to the bus station and returning home.

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Posted: March 18, 2011

Author: jahjr1989

Category: Blog

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  1. Lisa Huston says:

    Yay glad you and Sarah are having fun! Sounds like an amazing time!

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