Edinburgh Castle Private Tour
Pickup includedEither at your central Edinburgh hotel or agreed meeting point.
- Visit the oldest building in Scotland, St. Margaret's Chapel
- Climb the summit of Castle Rock
- Visit castle towers, prisons and see the famous 1pm cannon fire from the battlements
- Visit the Royal Apartments and see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny
- Marvel at the 500 year old Great Hall
The royal castle has stood in this spot since the 12th century and remained the Scottish royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603 - although people have lived on the site for almost 3,000 years. In fact the oldest building in all of Scotland is right here in the shape of St. Margaret's Chapel.
The tour will begin at the imposing Portcullis Gate, before visiting the Argyle Battery with it’s fantastic views over the city towards Fife.
You will take the Lang Stairs up to the summit of Castle Rock, and then visit some of the fabulous towers, prisons, museums and exhibitions around this huge fortress, including those dedicated to some of the oldest and finest military units in the British Army and the National War Museum. Just before lunch, you will see the famous daily 1 o'clock firing on the battlements, where a 105 mm field gun is fired everyday at 1:00 PM, except Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day. A gun has been fired here since 1861 as a time signal to shipping in the Firth of Forth.
After a well earned lunch or drink, you will visit Mons Meg, an ancient siege gun that could send shells over 2 miles, before visiting St. Margaret’s Chapel, dating from 1130, making it the oldest known surviving building in Scotland. Meandering your way past several more prominent artillery batteries, you will visit the Royal Apartments, the magnificent crown jewels, and legendary Stone of Destiny, which for centuries has been used in the inauguration of new monarchs. Finally, the tour will end with a visit to The Great Hall which was completed in 1511 for the state ceremonies of King James IV. You can still see the original hammer beam roof and a vast array of weapons and armour around the walls. After the tour, your guide will return you to your hotel or if you prefer, leave you at one of the many fabulous pubs or restaurants on the Royal Mile.
- Castle entry ticket