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Private Tours of Scotland: Edinburgh Castle

Most Classic Scotland Private Tours of Scotland begin or end in the capital city of Edinburgh. The highlight of the city is Scotland’s most visited attraction- Edinburgh Castle, standing 270ft above the city centre. It stands on a volcanic plug and the building dates from the twelfth century. In the centre of the castle is St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh and named after Malcolm III’s saintly wife Margaret who died of a broken heart the moment she heard of her husband’s death in Alnwick. In the 15th century King’s Lodging you can see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the future James VI of Scotland and I of England.

One of the most popular things to see during your private tour is the exhibition of the Crown Jewels and the historic Stone of Destiny, on which kings were enthroned for centuries. This was stolen by Edward I, known as ‘The Hammer of the Scots’. He had the stone placed beneath the Coronation chair in Westminster Abbey in London and here it remained until 1996, when it was finally returned to Scotland.

Your Classic Scotland Sightseeing Tour or Castle Tour with one of our Blue Badge Guides will reveal many of the castle’s secrets including the site where hundreds of supposed witches were burned at the stake, including Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis, who was accused of plotting to kill James V by witchcraft.

Your Private Tour guide will arrange for you to see the castle at a time that suits you and at a time when it is not too busy. He or She will escort you up the Royal Mile, pointing out the main highlights. Your guide will be able to advise you about the best places to eat and shop for genuine Scottish gifts such as cashmere, whisky and shortbread.

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