Following a chronological order of Royal residences in Edinburgh we start at the Edinburgh castle. Situated on the volcanic Castle Rock, it has one of the finest panoramic views of the city. The castle was a royal residence as early as the 12th century under the reign of David I.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the second stop of the tour. The first stones were laid in 1501 by order of James IV and successive regents have added to the structure. Queen Elizabeth II still resides here on her visits to Edinburgh and the gardens house traditional summer garden parties.
Last but not least is the spectacular Royal Yacht Britannia. King George VI initiated the plans to build the yacht but died before it was commenced in 1952. His daughter Elizabeth II continued his project and got very involved with the design. The yacht magnificently displays the personal taste of a modern monarch.
A mighty symbol of Scotland, famous the world over, Edinburgh Castle dominates the City skyline from its vantage point high on an extinct volcano. With panoramic views of one of Europe’s finest capital cities, the castle guards the Scottish Crown Jewels (The Honours of Scotland), which are among the oldest in Europe and The Stone of Destiny (upon which Royalty were crowned). The Great Hall has a striking arms and armour display. Other sights and sounds include the firing of the One O’clock Gun and the Royal Palace including the room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth. Don’t miss St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building and The Scottish National War Memorial, a shrine to those who gave their lives in conflict.
Open all year seven days a week. 1 April to 30 September 9.30am to 6.00pm and 1 October to 31 March 9.30am to 5.00pm. Last tickets 45 minutes before closing. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.