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Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment

Edinburgh Castle


Perched on a volcanic plug, Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline of Scotland's capital city for centuries. A mighty fortress and former royal residence, it is now a major part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Known as the ‘defender of the nation’, Edinburgh Castle remains an active military base.

For information on visiting Edinburgh Castle, go to our website:

Read more detailed information of the castle's history on Canmore, our online catalogue of Scotland's heritage: