We left Inverness early in the morning for Edinburgh as I wanted to see Edinburgh Castle in the daylight hours and the days were getting shorter, the drive took about 3 hours in the Mini and there were some beautiful spots on the way.
When we arrived I wanted to drive the Mini up the Cobblestone Road to the front of the castle for what would have been an amazing photograph, but the authorities simply would not allow it so we only have pictures of us by the Castle. We were told we could drive up to the end of the Cobblestone Road, turn the mini around and do a picture there as that was a public road, but the traffic of people really made that implausible so we decided to leave it, shame really.
There is a shop within the grounds of the castle which we graced with our custom, but with time as it was and us having to get to Leeds the same day our time in Edinburgh was limited. We did buy some of the stuff on offer took a hundred or more of the same picture and then set off on the long road to Leeds once I managed to find out why the Sat Nav would not let us select Leeds (No such location it said).
The castle itself is a very impressive place, the Cobblestone Road leading up to the castle has tourist shops on either side of it with some pipers and other acts there to allow you to have your picture taken with them for a pound or so. Some of the shops were rather tacky but in all it was a great couple of hours spent buying some of the tack and having a spot of lunch.
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the 15th century the castle’s residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of Scotland’s national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been carried out over the past century and a half. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. (Read More)
The historic gun is fired from Edinburgh Castle at one o’clock on the dot, Monday to Saturday. It was first fired on June 7, 1861, and has continued ever since, apart from during the two world wars.
The gun is timed to coincide perfectly with the Time-Ball, a large white ball which is raised above the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, which drops at exactly 1pm. The One o’clock Gun and the Time-Ball provide a time signal for shipping in the Firth of Forth and the Port of Leith.