“In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what people do.” Gianni Versace


Edinburgh Castle has overshadowed the heart of Scotland for well over a thousand years.  A place of military strength where royalty could safely reside, its ruins still stand on the volcanic Castle Rock. A symbolic and real place of power, it is the oldest royal lodging in Scotland, still visited today by HRH The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.



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View of the city of Edinburgh from the Argyle Tower, which was added to the main structure above Portcullis Gate in 1887. It is named after the 9th Earl of Argyll, known to have been imprisoned in the Gate for leading a failed rebellion against James VII. Word has it that he ate well and slept soundly the night before his execution.


It is said that the British always loved their dogs. This cemetery for soldiers’ dogs attests to the point.

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Photos of Edinburgh Castle — By Mary O’Connor, Scotland journey, © 2018


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