Edinburgh Castle's one o'clock gun: Image by kolibri5 from Pixabay

This is a classic question that has been asked in Edinburgh about this famous gun! Today, this “one o’clock” gun is fired every day, apart from Sunday, at precisely 13.00 hours. Since 2001 the gun in question is a L118 Light Gun, which is fired from the north face of Edinburgh Castle. However, the firing of the gun started in 1861 as a time signal for ship’s captains to set their chronometers in Leith Harbour 2 miles away.

Although the gun is no longer required as a time signal, the ceremony has become a popular tourist attraction and can be included as part of your visit to Edinburgh Castle. This is run by Historic Scotland, and is the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland with 1.2 million people each year.

To take advantage of the delights of Edinburgh, but still enjoy the countryside, why not stay at this Luxury Country House, and not worry about the time!