Edinburgh Castle is the most visited paid for tourist destination in Scotland, and like any major attraction, some forward planning will help make your visit a more pleasant experience.
The official website gives all the latest practical information and advice (https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/), but I would particularly draw your attention to the fact that a timed ticketing system is now in operation, and to be sure of being able to visit at a time that suits you best it’s going to be worth considering booking online in advance – and it’s cheaper.
The admission prices may appear to be a bit steep but bear in mind that there are no extra charges once inside the castle and you can spend a fair amount of time here. We spent 4 hours wandering around and ran out of steam before we ran out of things to do, so I’ve decided to break my article on Edinburgh Castle up into different sections so that people can have an idea on what to expect.
Accessibility, even though it’s on a volcanic crag, is relatively easy around the grounds, although there is a slope up to the top. However, some of the indoor highlights are not suitable for wheelchairs and the website lists which ones they are.
One of the highlights that everyone can see is the One o’clock gun and is a spectacle worth seeing (and hearing!), so you’ll need to factor that into your timetable if you can.
Photography is generally allowed but there are two places where it’s not – The Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels) and the Scottish National War Memorial.
In Pt 2 I’ll be describing the layout of the castle grounds so that people can make informed decisions on what they might want to see in the time they have available.
One final thing to mention is that every August is the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo (which is not overly militaristic) and one of the country’s great annual events and something to be seen if at all possible.