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Edinburgh Carers weekend away April 2008.

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, its second largest
city after Glasgow, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of
Scotland's Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea.
Owing to its rugged setting and vast collection of
Medieval and Georgian architecture, including
numerous stone tenements, it is often considered one
of the most picturesque cities in Europe.
Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since 1437
replacing Scone which is just a bit further north.
It was also the home for carers from our group
for a weekend away in April.

The Castle stands upon the basalt plug of an extinct volcano
which is estimated to have risen some 340 million years ago
during the lower Carboniferous age.

Standing 120 metres (400 feet) above sea level, the castle
rock is a classic example of a crag and tail formation.
Edinburgh Castle is an ancient stronghold which dominates
the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh from its position.


It is one of Scotland's most visited tourist attractions.
Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC.
As it stands today though, few of the
castle's structures pre-date the Lang Siege of the 16th century,
with the notable exception of St Margaret's Chapel,
the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh,
which dates from the early 12th century.
As with all castles, Edinburgh's fortress has been a centre
of military activity.

As an ancient fortress Edinburgh Castle is one of the few
that still has a military garrison, this is largely for ceremonial
and administrative purposes.
The Castle continues to have a strong connection with the Army.
Sentries still stand watch at the castle gatehouse after opening hours,
with responsibility for guarding the Honours of Scotland.


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