Discover its history through its impressive castles !!
With a rich and exciting history, almost 800 islands (of which only 300 are inhabited), beautiful landscapes and interesting cities, and a special culture enchanting, Scotland is the ultimate destination that few tour enthusiasts would be surpassing.
In this area in the north of the country, there is something for all tastes: for lovers of history, few cities are compared to Edinburgh and Glasgow For the visitor the city of Edinburgh, but its surroundings are a pole of attraction for the impressive castles And the summer festival.
Edinburgh is well-known for its homonymous festival, consisting of a series of events taking place each year from late July to early September. The longest festival in history is the Edinburgh World Festival, which began in 1947, and includes theatrical productions and musical performances of high prestige, hosting world-renowned composers, masters and orchestras. There is also the World Cinema Festival, the Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh World Book Festival.
Scotland’s most famous castle has a complex story. The older part, St Margaret’s chapel, dates back to the 12th century. The magnificent antechamber was erected by James IV around 1510 and the monument to the Scottish National War after the First World War in the early 16th century. The building of the castle, Crown Jewels, “the stone of destiny”, the famous 15th century firearms and the Scottish National Museum are here. The Crown Jewelery Shop, in the Royal Building, offers specially designed jewelery.
A special vehicle (Scottish bank offer) can take guests to the top of the castle. Special ramps and elevators give access to the Crown Jewels precious jewelery store, “on the stone of destiny” and the exhibits. The ramps also provide access to the commemorative war memorial.
The castle now houses the Scottish National Monument of War and the Scottish National War Museum. There are also the royal jewels of Scotland and the stone of enthronement. The army continues to be responsible for certain parts of the castle, although its presence is now largely customary. The castle is Scotland’s most visited tourist attraction, with more than 1.4 million visitors in 2013, as more than 70% of Edinburgh visitors also visited the castle. It is a symbol of Edinburgh and Scotland, images of which are used as a logo in organizations, and sports clubs. Several stamps of stamps have been published on Edinburgh Castle as well as banknotes and bonds from Scottish banks.
Craigmillar Castle is one of the best preserved castles in Scotland. Even today, the castle retains the character of a medieval fortress. The building began in the early 15th century and within the next 250 years the castle became a comfortable home surrounded by beautiful gardens and pastures. Craigmillar was extended in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is a beautiful ruin, including a number of private rooms connected to the old tower hall. It remains open all year round.
This castle is a large, impressive building that was built between 1581 and 1591. The most characteristic feature of the castle is the façade of the courtyard that has influences from Italy, which is part of the northern region. Francis Stewart, the designer, had traveled to Italy and was inspired by new style and technology in the buildings there, particularly the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara (ca. 1582). The initials of Francis and his wife Margaret Douglas appear on the walls. At the south of the castle there is a building that may have been used as a slaughterhouse or chapel. This building, according to tradition, is said to be haunted by the ghost of William Crichton. More generally, the whole building is easily accessible, however, the north and south taller rooms are not accessible for guests with disabilities. The carved stonework around the fireplaces and gates is simply wonderful.
Built in the 15th century and massively reinforced in the 16th century as an artillery fortress, the Blackness Castle is a royal castle, prison, warehouse of equipment, and now a film storage center for Hamlet and Ivanhoe’s BBC production. Blackness Castle is often referred to as “the ship that never sails” due to its ship-shaped construction. From the castle you can enjoy stunning views of the sea.