Edinburgh Castle and the Stone of Destiny

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/user_photos/edinburgh-castle-001.jpg" class="rightwise" title="edinburgh castle" alt="edinburgh castle" /></p> <h2>Edinburgh Castle</h2> <p>Edinburgh Castle has evolved into its current state through various renovations and additions carried out between the 12th to the 20th century. It has been used as a fortress, royal palace, military garrison and even as a prison. The Castle is home to the tiny St Margaret&#8217;s Chapel, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/edinburch">Edinburgh&#8217;s</a> oldest building and the Great Hall with its impressive hammerbeam roof was built by James IV. Visting the Castle is a must for anyone taking in the city.</p> <h2>The Stone of Destiny</h2> <p>As well as being one of the most well known castles in the world, Edinburgh Castle is also home to the Stone of Destiny (aka: the Stone of Scone) &#8211; a block of stone on which the ancient Scottish kings sat during coronation ceremonies.</p> <p>The stone was seized by the English in the 1200&#8217;s and not returned until 1996. Some legends even link the Stone of Destiny to the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-blarney-stone-and-blarney-castle">Blarney Stone</a> in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/ireland">Ireland</a>. Although it now resides in the castle, it is still used in the coronation ceremonies of all British monarchs.</p>