While the castle has only been around for 1,000 years or so, the land has been in constant occupation since the Bronze Age (900 BC). The reason is the hill has a distinct strategic advantage. On three sides there are sheer rock faces leaving one side as an easily defendable slope that leads to the summit. Not only that but because of the height of which the land at the top of the hill stands, you’re given panoramic views of the surrounding areas, making it difficult for enemy forces to sneak up on you and easy for a small group of nomadic people to defend themselves.
The castle we see today bears little resemblance to the original castle built back in the 12th century. The reason for this is between 1296 and 1341 the castle was under constant siege where it had switched hands between the Scottish and the English. Because of its strategic advantage, Edinburgh served as the capital of Scotland. So, whoever held the castle controlled the Scottish kingdom.
This is the staircase where Mackenzie got taken over by L.G. Man and later woke up under Saint Margaret’s Chapel.
In 1314, Scottish King Robert managed to take the castle back from the English and ordered the destruction of the grounds so the English could never use Edinburgh against the Scotland again. While the Norman styled castle was utterly destroyed, Robert the Bruce did spare one building, Saint Margaret’s Chapel.
Of course the castle was eventually rebuilt and since then has served as a royal residence, a prison, a garrison, and now a museum.
The photo on the left is where Mackenzie almost lost an obsidian skull and killed her attacker. The photo on the right is where Mackenzie, dazed and concussed, almost got ran over by a car when running away from the castle.
Update: Since the publication of my novel, Insta-Prophecy Hotline, I visited the castle in person. The pictures don’t do the castle justice because it can’t make up for the magic in the air and feel the history that ripples through not only the castle but the surrounding medieval city that was built around it.
Edinburgh Castle Links
The Official Edinburgh Castle Website, click here.
For the history of the land and the castle, click here.
For a fun site that also has information on other castles, click here.