Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh’s history is long and gruesome. According to sources and ghost hunters, the capital of Scotland is one of the most populated places in the world. So a fun (and sometimes creepy) way to get to know the city is through its tragic tales. One of the most famous landmarks, The Edinburgh Castle has countless ghost stories for the visitors to experience. Edinburgh Castle is one of the oldest fortresses in Europe. This medieval fortress had various uses in addition to being a royal residence. In the 12th century, it was intended for military purposes and was even used as a prison for sailors and pirates. Today, the Castle offers several haunted tours of its dungeons.
The Ghosts of Edinburgh Castle
The cold grey granite walls of Edinburgh Castle towering over the hide countless horror stories. It is said that even today, visitors can hear the disturbing sounds of the lost soul of a piper who disappeared centuries ago without any traces. When you visit the dungeons of the Castle, you can hear several horror voices such as a headless drummer and a group of French prisoners captured during the Seven Years’ War who are said to wander around the rooms and the surrounding area of the Castle. Other unexplained events include awful figures, the feeling of being pulled by your clothes, and sudden drops in temperature.
In 2001, a largest paranormal investigation was made at the Edinburgh Castle when a team of nine researchers and around 200 members of public explored the chambers and secret passages of Castle. The public was not told about the areas which were rumoured to be haunted. As a result, 51% of participants in haunted areas reported horror experiences, whereas the other 35% reported paranormal activity in non-haunted areas of the Castle.
Is there a rational explanation, or maybe they are signs of paranormal events? You can try to discover it by staying in one of the hotels near the Castle.
What to See and Do at Edinburgh Castle
There are several ways to explore Edinburgh Castle. You can book guided tours or discover the Castle by yourself. Some of the major highlights of the Edinburgh Castle include The Great Hall, The Royal Palace, The Stone of Destiny, Honours of Scotland, St Margaret’s Chapel, One O’clock Gun, Prisoners of War and many more. To plan your visit to the Castle, visit the website and decide your journey accordingly. Information regarding tickets and opening times can be found here.
Eat at the Edinburgh Castle
Make a stop for delicious snacks as you tour around the Edinburgh Castle. There is a Redcoat Café serving light snacks and meals along with beautiful views on the side. The café was named after the bright outfit of castle guards. The seasonal menu at the Redcoat Café offers roasts, deli sandwiches, soups, and much more. The food is served hot, and fresh daily from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can also grab the food such as bloomer sandwiches, snack pots and baguettes and go on with your tour. Box for kids, beers and wines for adults are also available.
The Tea Rooms
The Tea Rooms are located at the top of Castle in Crown Square amidst the breathtaking surrounding. It is an elegant and stylish place to enjoy meals or snacks with a traditional tea in the afternoon. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a fantastic afternoon tea here at the Tea Rooms, which also includes admission to the Castle. Buy your afternoon tea vouchers and entrance to the Castle here.