No one can harm me unpunished // Edinburgh Castle

Kind of a harsh phrase, No one can harm me unpunished, right? It’s the Latin translation of the phrase that adorns the front of Edinburgh Castle. A warning to all of those that enter. As you’ve probably guessed by now (due to all my excessive Instagram posts), I made it to Edinburgh, Scotland and am absolutely loving it! Also, I should probably mention that the above photo isn’t of Edinburgh Castle but rather the view from Edinburgh Castle!

Last week was orientation week and I started my actual classes yesterday. To visit Edinburgh Castle is normally Β£16.50 but my business school program organized a free trip there for us. Note: when in business school, never say no to anything that is free!

Typical Scottish weather started out with really gray skies in the morning yet turned to gorgeous blue skies by the afternoon! I swear, this Scottish weather is going to be the death of my really frizzy, curly hair. Oh my goodness, my hair hasn’t looked good since I’ve arrived. But I digress…

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Edinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerView from one side of the castle! That gun is shot off every day (except Sunday) at 1 pm. I have a video recording of it going off but was so spooked by it that the video turned out very shaky. The tradition began in 1861 and helped ships align their maritime clocks.

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Edinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerThe castle was built on a giant volcanic rock. It is believed that the rock has been inhabited since the 2nd century AD. However, the first record of a castle dates back to about 1,000 to 1,100 years ago. Notable residents of the castle included Queen Margaret, King James V, and Mary Queen of Scots. Most of the current day castle was built around the 16th century.

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Edinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerSister, sister! You’ll be seeing a lot more of my sister Loren on my blog this year because we are doing our business degree together! Also, hello blue sky!!! I see you :)

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Edinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerAround the 1600s, the castle (which looks more like a tiny village) transitioned from being a royal residence to a military base. Even though troops officially left in the 1900s, Edinburgh Castle is one of the only castles in the United Kingdom to still have a military garrison (but it is only used for ceremonial purposes).

Fun Fact: Edinburgh Castle has had 26 sieges in its 1,100-year-old history, making it “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world.”

The biggest military event held at Edinburgh Castle is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo every August. Tickets go on sale December 1st and I already have it on my calendar to buy them. I’m told they sell out very quickly!

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Edinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerIn the second picture, you can see Arthur’s Seat (that giant hill) in the background. I’m hoping to climb it again this weekend! Also, see the palace-looking structure with turrets in the third picture? That’s actually the inspiration for Hogwarts and the four houses. J.K. Rowling did her student teaching there.

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Edinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerEdinburgh Castle via Wayfaring With WagnerOk, so this last picture isn’t taken at the castle but from below the castle. I mean guys, seriously, how gorgeous is Edinburgh? Oh my goodness, I’m going to be so spoiled here these next 12 months!!!

Question: It’s my goal to see as many castles as possible this year. What other castles would you recommend in Scotland or Great Britain in general?

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  • Oh… so many castles everywhere! Alnwick castle is probably a lovely trip down from Edinburgh, the train journey along the coast is beautiful, for starters, but I’d recommend taking a couple of days to explore the area – there are some lovely beaches – and visit Newcastle.

    Anyway, it’s fun seeing you explore Edinburgh, it’s such a lovely city – although I actually prefer Glasgow :/ I haven’t explored a great deal of Scotland but the borders and the West coast are just incredible. The countryside is gorgeous… in a wild and savage sort of way! Looking forward to reading more :) Study hard! ;)

  • Ohhh that’s so cool you’re studying in Edinburgh now! I thought about that a long time ago and although the free Norwegian education system won over the British one, I still think that Edinburgh is a tiny bit more awesome than Tromso :D

  • Yay! Welcome to the UK, I love Edinburgh :) I also love that you knew about JK Rowling student teaching there – I was on a tour of the Highlands in May and on our way out of the city, our tour guide told the bus that’s where she “went to school since she was born/raised in Edinburgh” and I was that obnoxious person in the back like *AHEM* “NO SIR YOU ARE INCORRECT”. He really loved me being on that tour from then on haa ;) You should definitely spend some time in the Highlands, Isle of Skye (never been there but everyone loves it and it has castles!), Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is about 2 hours away from Edinburgh and was used in a lot of HP films as well!

  • I would be terrible remiss if I didn’t say DURHAM CASTLE!!

    Also, Raglan Castle in Wales. If you go there Aug 5-15 next year, you can see our re-enactment group in action. :)

  • Hello Jordan and Loren, The pictures of Scotland are very interesting….the construction appears to be old. Through genealogy Aunt Anne had relatives in Scotland. She mentioned Calhoun Castle which I believe now is part of a Golf Course. I’ll have to find out more from her.
    Thanks for sending this. Love you, Uncle Sonny

  • Girl, I am SO jealous you get to be in Edinburgh for a whole year! Absolutely one of my FAVORITE cities. And getting to go to business school with your sister – you guys are going to have such fun!! Holyrood Castle is also a fun one to visit in Edinburgh – the audio guide was really interesting & there’s a lot of Mary Queen of Scots history there. Also, David Bann is an amaaaaaazing restaurant. So yummy!! Excited to follow along on your adventures :)

  • Yay for arriving in Scotland! Edinburgh castle is one of those fantastic castles definitely! I would highly recommend – if you intend on visiting a lot in the next year – to get a Historic Scotland membership – saves a lot of money and you can pop into the castle whenever you want – and you don’t have to cue! As for the castles in Scotland, I highly recommend Stirling castle, Urquhart Castle near Inverness, and Tantallon near North Berwick. xx

  • “cute” is probably the wrong word for a castle with that kind of history, but I will say I loved both the views from and of the castle. this looks like an amazing place to study :)

  • I love classes that get you into places for free! Looks pretty amazing! I have heard Edinburgh is really great (my cousin studied there, and I have a friend there now). Looking forward to seeing more of the city through your eyes.