Edinburgh Castle and pet sitting

Since  we are pet and house sitting in Edinburgh, Scotland, ( here is a link to our blog post about how to arrange pet and house sitting ; https://seniorgapyear.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/house-and-pet-sitting-on-the-road/)    we thought we would venture out to see Edinburgh Castle.  Edinburgh Castle is in the center of the city on the gigantic Castle rock that looms above everything.  It is easy to see why it was an impossible castle to attack. 300px-Edinburgh_Castle_from_the_south_east  It is up above the entire city.  We also had to walk up the many steps to get there. Here is a photo of David starting up the last of the stairs to the castle. Edinburgh Castle stairs small They have a pair of guards in front, and we saw them change guards, which is done hourly. Since it was one in the afternoon, they also fire one gun so everyone below knows what time it is. This seems to be a tradition that they keep up for people without watches or iphones.edinburgh castle guard small On the  way in we had to stop and try out the luxury Scottish  ice cream.  It was very good.edinburgh ice cream small It was a cold and rainy day (so much for Scottish summer ) but there were still lots of visitors roaming the castle with their umbrellas.  Here is the inside of the castle gate.Edinburgh castle smallThe castle is the number one visitor attraction in Edinburgh.  It was very crowded, which made the visit less enjoyable .  But we had paid about $35 for the two of us to get in so we made the best of the situation.  Inside the great hall there were lots of fireplaces and suits of armor Edinburgh castle armor smalland in case of an emergency there were lots of swords and spears decorating all the walls to use. Edinburgh castle swords small  There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of King David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633.  Then  it was used as  a military barracks with a large garrison.  There are still some military units stationed there but now it is a money making tourist castle.   And we were quite happy to be tourists within its walls.

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