"One O'Clock Gun" One O'Clock Gun - Edinburgh Castle Tip by clairegeordio
One O'Clock Gun - Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh: 5 reviews and 8 photos
The One O'clock gun at Edinburgh castle is fired every day (except Sunday) at exactly 1pm. The tradition originates from when ships in the Firth of Forth were able to check and reset their chronometers. Originally there was a time ball located on the top of Nelson's monument on Calton Hill and at 1pm the ball would drop, giving the signal to sailor's but this often couldn't be seen, especially in foggy weather, so that is when a gun was fired at the same time as the ball dropping.
The gun is now fired from Mill's Mount Battery, on the north face of the castle.
When we saw, or rather heard the gun being fired, it was a particularly significant moment for us as it signaled exactly one year to the time of our wedding day!
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