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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is of course not in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park but is the most visited castle in Scotland with a staggering 1million visitors a year. From accommodation in the east of the park it is an easy day trip to visit Edinburgh and its Castle as it is only just over an hour away from most of the east or south park. It is difficult to know where to start when appraising the castle as it has such a varied history, thus I will start at the foundations of this popular building. About 350 million years ago the rock that the castle is now built was a volcano, as was the hill Arthur's seat nearby. If you are interested in Geology the whole area of the castle and nearby Holyrood is worth exploring.

Edinburgh Castle is of course open to the public and at the height of the season is very busy but still worth a visit. It really doesn't matter what age you are this castle is an extremely interesting place.

There are guided tours for those that want to here all about the amazing history of the place or you can just stroll through the castle public areas at your leisure. The views from the castle are also stunning, with Princess street below and the old city, all the way down to Leith.


Edinburgh Castle, Famous landmark of Northern Europe Capital City

As accommodation is much cheaper in the Loch Lomond Park area than the capital city, Edinburgh, it is a very good base for travelling into Edinburgh even if on numerous days. We would suggest that either Callander , Aberfoyle, Port of Menteith or Gartmore are best placed for such excursions.

If you travel towards Stirling from any of these places and head south on the motorway just outside Stirling and then take the Edinburgh motorway a few miles south of  Stirling, you will be in the capital within about an hour from leaving.

This Northern European city, is one of the most visited cities in the UK at festival times, which now is most of the summer. If you are planning a day out here you should book tickets or make restaurant reservations in advance to save disappointments.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland


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