Edinburgh Castle is without doubt a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.
Not surprisingly it was voted top UK Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one tourist attraction.
This very famous Scottish castle has an extremely complex building history. The oldest part being St Margaret's Chapel, which dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was constructed by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial was added after the First World War
The castle is also home to the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun “Mons Meg”, the One O' Clock Gun and also the National War Museum of Scotland.
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the renowned Stewart Kings and Queens who held very grand celebrations at the castle.
Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors over time flocked to the Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautifully landscaped gardens. Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into life in the16th century. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments. Don't miss a guided tour with the incredibly knowledgeable staff who will bring the castle's infamous characters and history to life in great detail.
Other highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th century town house.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens Scone Palace was the crowning place of many Scottish kings including Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II.
Scone breathes history like no other place in Scotland. It is still the family home of the Earls of Mansfield and the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings on the stone of Scone. See where the Stone of Scone, known as the Stone of Destiny, once stood. It now resides in safety in Edinburgh Castle.
You can meander down the Long Galley where King Charles II strode to his coronation in 1661. During the famous Jacobite rebellions, Charles, the ‘Old Pretender’ spent over three weeks at Scone while his son, Bonnie Prince Charlie, visited in 1745.
Admire the needlework skills of Mary Queen of Scots’ bed hangings that she worked on while in prison on Loch Leven. Discover the desk at which Frances' tragic young Queen, Marie Antoinette, wrote her letters prior to the days when the guillotine sadly beckoned. You can also enter the State Rooms where Queen Victoria was entertained on her way to the Highlands in 1842, and the bedroom in which she actually slept. If you are a lover of the finer things, Scone is a treasury of some amazing antiques including furniture, paintings, porcelain and other objets d'art.