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Take a Virtual Tour of Edinburgh Castle

It has been quite enlightening how quickly some have adapted what they do because of the Covid19 restrictions. Digital media has certainly shown how important it is.

With all visitor places closed, Historic Environment Scotland has launched a new model of its top attraction, Edinburgh Castle in 3D.

Edinburgh Castle in 3D credit: HES

The 3D model was created using laser scan data captured as part of the Rae project which aims to accurately digitally document over 300 heritage sites and collections in HES’ care.

The project was led by HES’s Digital Innovation and Digital Documentation Teams based at the Engine Shed in Stirling and working with Interpretation colleagues.

The 3D model includes lots of information you can click on  giving the virtual visitor an immersive digital tour of the Castle and gives the chance to explore hidden parts of the castle.

You can access the model here: Edinburgh Castle

Before the lockdown, Edinburgh Castle attracted over 2 million visitors each year bringing in a considerable income to not just Edinburgh but to HES.

An ancient stronghold and one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, the castle still has an active military presence.

You can read more about it here: History of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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