1. Edinburgh Castle became more important as a military base from the late 1500s onwards.
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2. Edinburgh Castle has witnessed many of the defining events in Scotland's history.
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3. Edinburgh Castle is a popular filming location and appears in the film adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel Filth, starring James McAvoy.
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4. Edinburgh Castle remains the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland, with over 1.2 million visitors in 2011.
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6. Edinburgh Castle is an historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock.
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7. Edinburgh Castle has highlighted the city's skyline for 800 years, is a national symbol, and it is Scotland's most popular site to visit.
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9. In the 12th century ownership of Edinburgh Castle switched from Scotland to England.
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12. Edinburgh Castle is the most popular landmark in Scotland today, with over one million visitors touring the grounds each year.
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15. Edinburgh Castle is the home of the Crown Jewels, known as the Honours of Scotland.
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16. Edinburgh Castle is an ancient citadel that serves as one of the most popular attractions of Scotland.
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17. Edinburgh Castle is synonymous with impressive choreographed pyrotechnic displays that entertain, and mark some of the most significant events in Scotland such as Edinburgh's Hogmanay.
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22. Edinburgh Castle is the traditional repository of the Honours of Scotland, the country's crown jewels.
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23. Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's top tourist sites, attracting more than one million visitors annually.
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25. Edinburgh Castle is reputed to be one of the most haunted spots in Scotland.
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28. Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock.
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30. Edinburgh Castle is one node in a patchwork of lordships that make up "The Kingdom of the Isles", as historian Andrew McDonald coined it in his book by the same title.
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31. Edinburgh Castle has become a recognisable symbol of Edinburgh, and of Scotland.
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32. Edinburgh Castle remains the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013.
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34. Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town.
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37. Edinburgh Castle was handed over to George Douglas of Parkhead, the Regent's brother, and the garrison were allowed to go free.
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40. Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock.
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