Castle is of course not in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National
Park but is the most visited castle in Scotland with a staggering
1million visitors a year. From accommodation in the east of the park
it is an easy day trip to visit Edinburgh and its Castle as it is
only just over an hour away from most of the east or south park. It is difficult to know where to start
when appraising the castle as it has such a varied history, thus I
will start at the foundations of this popular building. About 350
million years ago the rock that the castle is now built was a
volcano, as was the hill Arthur's seat nearby. If you are interested
in Geology the whole area of the castle and nearby Holyrood is worth
Castle is of course open to the public and at the height of the
season is very busy but still worth a visit. It really
doesn't matter what age you are this castle is an extremely
are guided tours for those that want to here all about the
amazing history of the place or you can just stroll through
the castle public areas at your leisure. The views from the
castle are also stunning, with Princess street below and the
old city, all the way down to Leith.
accommodation is much cheaper in the
Loch Lomond Park area than the
capital city, Edinburgh, it is a very good base for travelling into
Edinburgh even if on numerous days. We would suggest that either
Callander , Aberfoyle, Port of Menteith or Gartmore are best placed
for such excursions.
If you travel
Stirling from any of these places and head south on the
motorway just outside Stirling and then take the Edinburgh motorway
a few miles south of Stirling, you will be in the capital within
about an hour from leaving.
European city, is one of the most visited cities in the UK at
festival times, which now is most of the summer. If you are
planning a day out here you should book tickets or make restaurant
reservations in advance to save disappointments.