City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle


18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference

Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)

Every four years or so forestry experts from the Commonwealth's 54 independent states gather together to share knowledge and experience from managing forests around the world.

Late Medieval Defences Uncovered at Edinburgh Castle

Fiona Hyslop, culture minister, and Major General Euan Loudon

Late medieval walls and the foundations of what appears to be a military spur, which formed part of the outer defences at Edinburgh Castle., have been uncovered by archaeologists on the castle esplanade.

Edinburgh Castle's The Story of Christmas

A cast of costumed interpreters portray historic characters as they take visitors on a yuletide journey through the ages, from the origins of the festive season right through to the Christmas traditions of the present.  

Edinburgh Castle Carols

Great Hall Fireplace

Free event at Edinburgh castle taking place at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm, in The Great Hall.

Castle Baggers Get Set for St Andrew’s Free Weekend

Edinburgh Castle in Autumn

Castle baggers and historical buildings buffs mark your diaries: Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, Michael Russell, has announced a weekend of free entry to 47 Historic Scotland sites throughout Scotland on Saturday 28th November and Sunday 29th November to mark St Andrew's Day.

Six Ton Siege Gun Gets Medieval Flat

Mons Meg hands on

Mons Meg, the hulking 15th century siege cannon, designed to demolish the castle walls of the king’s enemies, has suffered the medieval equivalent of a flat tyre.

Costumed Characters Marking Remembrance at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle's Crown Square

Edinburgh Castle will be marking Remembrance with costumed performers on the weekend of 7 and 8 November. Visitors will be able to find out about life at the end of the First World War and in its immediate aftermath. Around 150,000 Scots died in the Great War (1914-1918).

Kids Go Free At Edinburgh Castle Til November

Orkney Venus

The Orkney Venus, the earliest human figure ever found in Scotland, is going on temporary display at Edinburgh Castle from today til 1s

Origin of Ancient Rifle Found on Reserve Remains A Mystery

SNH's Andy Turner with ancient rifle

An old rifle discovered last year by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff on a north east nature reserve has just been identified as a French rifle from the 1800s. Staff from the National War Museum in Edinburgh have confirmed what it is, but the mystery still remains as to how it got there.

Edinburgh Castle Piping In Visitors

Edinburgh Castle Piper and 1 0'clock Gun

The skirl of bagpipes on the Royal Mile may be a familar sound, but for the first time in recent years a lone bagpiper is welcoming visitors to Edinburgh Castle as it opens each day.

The piper, in full Highland dress, will be playing daily throughout the Summer season as Edinburgh Castle's great wooden entrance gates draw open at 9.30am and visitors flow in across the drawbridge.