Edinburgh Castle

After (almost) a year I finally paid Edinburgh Castle a visit

Edinburgh Castle

Athough I’ve been living in Edinburgh for almost a year, it so happens that I never actually paid a visit to the the castle that’s very hard to miss when you visit the city. I’m happy to report that I have finally remedied that mistake and stepped foot inside the castle walls.

Visiting Edinburgh Castle might be one of the most touristy things you can do in the city, but if you’re into history and do  appreciate a good castle this one should definitely go on that bucket list. At 18 pounds entry is definitely not the cheapest place to visit, but if you have the money to spare I’d highly recommend it.

I visited the castle with my friend Fleur, who is an AMAZING photographer and recently started her own business. (If you want to check out some her work, you can do so here.) We both took a bunch of pictures, and she took quite a lot of pictures of me, so this post won’t just contain my pictures but also ACTUAL PICTURES OF ME INSIDE THE CASTLE. As I’m usually the one behind the camera, this is quite the treat (and probably won’t happen very often, so enjoy it while you can).

Arches and Corridors

I do love a good corridors and pretty arches, and lucky for me Edinburgh Castle had plenty. The old arches, the bricks, the windows, the castle really is a feast for the eyes and every history buff’s dream. 

I mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again, it can get quite busy. There were plenty of other visitors around when we visited. Even though I normally avoid crowds like these, surprisingly I didn’t mind it as much as I thought I would. If anything, everyone’s there for the same thing and there’s this shared sense of enthusiasm of being inside a very impressive building.

Skip the ticket line

Did you know you can also order your tickets online? There’s a slight discount (although I’m not sure you can really call it that, as it’s 50 cents, but hey beggars can’t be choosers!), and you can print your tickets at home or print them on sight. As the lines for tickets can get quite long (I’ve witnessed them on multiple occasion and have zero interest in experiencing them firsthand), I really recommend it. It might also be worth it to go as early as you can and on a weekday, as the castle can get very busy (although I can’t recommend a specific day, since we went during the weekend, haha). 

All the views

Obviously I mean the view behind me (although, of course, I am quite the view myself *wink*). Fleur took this picture of me while I was very hard trying to find where I lived and point it out to her. The result is me looking very pensive with Edinburgh looking mighty pretty in the background. 

Although the view from Edinburgh Castle doesn’t beat the one you’re offered from the top of Arthur’s Seat, you definitely can’t complain. As you walk around the castle grounds you see different parts of the city, and I very much got a kick out of pointing out all the different areas of the city I loved.

Tip when visiting the Crown Jewels

There’s two entrances that take you to the Crown Jewel exhibition. One takes you straight to them, and one that takes you past some other exhibitions and ends with the Crown Jewel exhibition. We took the latter (because we didn’t know about the other one), and it turned out to be very advantageous as there was no line. The other entrance though… MASSIVE LINE. We had a bit of a laugh over it. So, for my readers only, if you visit Edinburgh Castle and there’s a line for that specific exhibition look for that second entrance. 

All the canons

There were so many canons, offering cute snapshots of the city. The walls are quite high, so you probably won’t be able to see over it (I only could while I stood on my toes, and I’m quite tall). The canons, and the openings in the wall, offer the perfect solution, while giving you a very nice photo opportunities. As you can see, I took full advantage of that by snapping a nice shot of the Scott Monument.

And that’s it for today! I didn’t take as many photo’s as I would’ve liked to take, mainly because for once I was the one being photographed instead of being photographer (and the beautiful surroundings definitely played a part as well).

Photo Gallery 

Instead of sharing more of my pictures, I wanted to take this space to share some more pictures Fleur took. She is honestly such a talented portrait photographer, and I love the pictures she took so much. I wasn’t kidding when I said I normally don’t get my picture taken and I love how she captured me in these. I highly recommend giving her a follow and checking out her other work!

So without much further ado, check out the rest of Fleur’s photos: