Arrive in the centre of Edinburgh and you can’t miss the majestic Edinburgh Castle. The castle, which rests on the volcanic Castle Rock, dominates the skyline above Princes Street Gardens and stands at the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. The Royal Mile, including the castle, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most visited paid attraction, and it receives over 1 million visitors annually.
Edinburgh Castle is an ancient stronghold which dates back as far as 9th century BC. The castle has a proud military history. It has withheld battles, sieges and provided protection for many great Scottish monarchs. In the 1600s, the castle became a military base, which it still remains today.