• Posted:Friday, February 26, 2010
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Edinburgh's Dalhousie Castle could be fun for a night out
Why go to Edinburgh if not to check out a few castles? I've always entertained the notion that one day I would own one and look out across some beautiful landscape or other from atop my turret. Of course, that sounds very much like a pipe dream but it's one that can be semi-realised by a stay in an Edinburgh hostel as, or so it has been brought to my attention, there is a castle every four to five miles to be found in the city.

According to the Metro, Dalhousie Castle is one of the best that visitors to the area can go and have a look at. It dates back to the 13th century and is, apparently, more of a fortress than anything else, perching on the River Esk and having housed the likes of Queen Victoria and Oliver Cromwell.

If you want to learn more about its rich heritage, accost the castle steward as the paper noted that he knows more about this side of things than anyone else you're likely to find. But one of the most fun things to be done in the castle is undoubtedly have a nice meal, as you can sit around and admire your surroundings in peace. The Orangery restaurant was recommended as being a good place to take in some lunch, so consider this as a mealtime option during your Edinburgh vacation.

What's more, literary fans - or those who like Dan Brown and the Da Vinci Code anyway - might like to know that the Roslin Chapel, built by the Knights Templar and which is near the castle, is now being thought by some to be the final resting place of the Holy Grail so keep your eyes peeled for it if you go.

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