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As the backdrop of the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the most visited, paid tourist attraction in the city, Edinburgh Castle has become the one of the most recognizable features in Scotland’s capital city. Even more amazing to me is that, while a Scottish fortress has been in this location since the 12th Century, actual human settlement of the area dates all the way back to the 9th Century BC.
One of the most interesting stories I heard on the tour was how this supposedly impenetrable fortress (it’s built on a volcano and a cliff!) was actually captured twice by enemy forces. In the first case, the enemy climbed up the cliff and caught the defenders unawares. That’s sneaky enough, but the second successful storming was even more cunning and clever.
In the second successful attack, a small group of soldiers dressed up as travelling merchants and pretended to pull a cart full of wares into the city through the open gate. Before they passed through the opening though, the “merchants” stopped their cart in the middle of the entrance and called to their fellow army buddies who rushed out from behind the bushes. The defenders could not close the gate, for the cart was stuck in the middle of the doors. The attackers climbed over the cart and slaughtered the unsuspecting soldiers inside. That story always reminds me of a “modern day” Trojan Horse type story.
These days though, I’m pretty sure the volcano is plugged and the castle is no longer of any military significance. So even if there was a war you would be safe to check out Edinburgh Castle. When you’re in Edinburgh, make sure you do – it’s worth it!
Dream Read: If you didn’t get a chance to check out the hyperlink above, why not take a side trip over to Jo Woolf’s wonderful online magazine, The Hazel Tree, to get a look at some of the finer details about the castle I didn’t have room to include?