On Friday, we went to explore Edinburgh Castle. As we approached the castle through the Military Tattoo all I could think of was how large and beautiful the place was. Looking up at the castle, I felt like I was stepping back in time. Once inside the main walls of the castle, we continued to look around and soak in the views. We were told that the castle would get crowded so we were to take pictures early and then tour the castle. The view from one of the highest lookouts of the castle was spectacular. You could see all around Edinburgh. We were lucky to tour the castle on such a clear day, because we were able to see the entire city! Walking around and reading about all of the history in the Edinburgh Castle, I began to realize how old the place really was. It is strange coming from a country that is only a little more than two hundred years old and then learning about things that happened in medieval times right where you are standing.
My favorite part of touring the castle was learning about The Scottish Crown Jewels. The crown jewels consist of a Crown, a Sceptre and a Sword of State. The Scottish Crown Jewels are the oldest in the British Isles. Although we were not allowed to take pictures of them, their well-preserved beauty amazed me. The crown alone was made of pure Scottish gold, gemstones, precious stones and pearls.