One O'Clock Gun, Edinburgh

Tourists capturing images of firing of the One O’Clock Gun

This evening, I am posting information on the One O’Clock at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.

This popular tourist attraction dates back 157 years when it was set up as an aid to navigation for ships using the ports of Leith and Firth of Forth over two miles away. The only alternative at the time was the Calton Hill Time Ball which was often obscured by adverse weather or being out of line of sight.Thus, an audible signal offered advantages.

Maritime navigation technology has moved on considerably over the past century and a half but the gun-firing tradition continues.

Original weapon was a 18-pound gun but today a L118 Light Gun supplied by the Royal Artillery is used.

Firing the One O’Clock at Edinburgh Castle


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