• In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt

Visit National War Museum



Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, discover the impact of war on Scotland's history, identity and reputation abroad.

Over the last 400 years, many Scots have gone into battle, sometimes as paid forces for armies overseas. Why did Scots choose to spend their lives as soldiers, sailors or airmen? The lure of foreign travel, salary or a pension may have played a part. Trace developments in warfare as swords were replaced in the 18th century by guns and see how weapons evolved.

Relive the dark days of the World Wars through personal witness. This is the story of the regular Scot, the human aspect of war, told through personal letters and mementoes as much as military equipment.

Success stories

Lilly Coulam

Oct 04 at 08:39 am
I was learning how to about the world wars and I went on a school trip here.