Monday, 11 November 2013

Taking Another Look at Edinburgh Castle

Sometimes, when you walk past something every day, you forget that it’s actually a world-famous castle filled with stories and history. That’s sort of how we feel about Edinburgh Castle, because when we catch a glimpse of it while we’re on one of the balconies, we’re always taken aback by how magnificent it is... and that it’s just on our doorstep.

We’re pretty lucky to be able to look out of the window and see the Castle, especially when there are big events taking place outside it. During Hogmanay and the Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Castle is usually the focus of attention as fireworks go off all around it, and we get a prime viewing position.

You can find out loads about the Castle on the internet, but we decided to see if we could find out some lesser known facts from the Scotsman Hotel team. As you can imagine, we were told some interesting stuff, like some University of Edinburgh students believe that passing through the castle gates will mean they fail their final exams; and that there’s a secret prison hidden below King James’ birthing chamber which remains a mystery to this day.

People had ghost stories to tell about it too – but as Halloween has just passed, we thought we better leave those ones out and avoid putting people off! The Castle really is an amazing attraction, and the next time we walk past it, we will definitely think twice.

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