It’s the last day of my Instagram takeover and I‘ll leave you with the wonderful view from Arthur‘s seat, the main peak of a group of hills east of Edinburgh‘s city centre. Hope you had a good time! I‘ll go back to posting snack reviews and other shenanigans on my account @eva.oer 😀
From @castlesofscotland - Edinburgh Castle is situated on Castle Rock; formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Castle Rock had been a military base and royal residence for centuries. However, the edifice that is known as Edinburgh Castle was built during the 12th century by David I, son of Saint Margaret of Scotland.
The tensions between the English and Scottish monarchies nearly always centred on Edinburgh Castle. The first major battle was during the late 13th century when Edward I of England attempted to seize the vacant Scottish throne. From 1296 to 1341, the castle bounced from English to Scottish hands several times during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
After this, most of the castle’s reconstruction was overseen by David II. Much of this was undone, following the “Lang Siege.” The year long battle was triggered when Mary Queen of Scots married James Hepburn, and a surge of rebellion against the union rose up amongst the noblemen of Scotland.
Mary was forced to flee to England but loyal supporters held the castle for a further year.
Following, the ‘Union of the Crowns’’ on James VI and I’s accession, the Scottish court departed from Edinburgh to London. The final monarch to reside at the castle was Charles I in 1633.
The 1715 rebellion saw the Jacobites come dramatically close to claiming the castle in the same style that Robert the Bruce’s men did over 400 years before; by scaling the north facing cliffs. The 1745 rebellion saw the capture of Holyrood Palace but the castle remained unbroken.
The castle now serves as a military station, is home to the Scottish National War Memorial, the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and is host to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Image by @bryanmillarwalker ——————————————
4 days, 3 gym sessions, 2 many cheat meals, 1 beer and 0 best man speeches
a worthy break in fitness content for a great few days in scotland. 🏴
yesterday my parents got married on their 30th anniversary in Edinburgh castle. ‘twas a great day for the mcsimeon clan.
Magical afternoon trying to adventure to the Flight Museum, after missing every train and bus I basically wasn’t going to see the museum at all but I had travelled for 3 hours so I couldn’t give up and I ran there. An hour and 15 minute walk became a 35 minute run and I made it with an hour to spare. They didn’t charge me for going in and even gave me a lift back to the train station afterwards. It was amazing seeing all the planes, I went on a Concorde and I saw a nuclear missile plane that had been held hostage in Brazil with its crew and only released under the promise that it was never used to carry nuclear weapons. I just love planes ✈️ 🛫 🛩