An image of the castle that sits atop a hill in Belfort, Scotland, has captivated the world for decades.
As the last remaining castle in Scotland to be built with an arched entrance and a wooden ramp, the castle is considered one of the most important in all of Scotland.
It was the first medieval castle in Britain, and the oldest in the world.
But that history hasn’t kept it from the eye of tourists.
This week, the BBC and the Edinburgh Magazine team visited Belfort for an exclusive look at the castle’s history.
The first images of Belfort were taken by a Scottish photographer in the early 1600s, and are one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.
Today, Belfort is a tourist attraction and an iconic landmark in the historic city of Edinburgh.
We met with photographer John Belfort to learn more about the castle and its history.
Read more about Belfort and his work in the episode below.
What was your motivation for capturing this image?
The idea came to me as I was walking down the hill in the evening, when I was looking out over the castle, and I said to myself, “What a lovely place to be at night, to be in this lovely castle.”
It was a lovely day, so I said, “I’ve got to go and see the castle.”
And I walked up the hill and saw the castle on the left, and it was just magnificent.
I thought, “Wow, I’ve got the castle of my dreams,” so I went there.
I went and I got my equipment and got some photos taken.
And I remember the whole time, I was thinking, “This is it, I’m going to have to tell the world what a beautiful castle this is.”
How did you get your photos taken in Belfasts castle?
It was pretty much the same way I had done the other castle, which was in Stirling.
I had a big stack of papers, and my assistant came down and took out my photos, and he was just kind of looking at them and said, “[This] is just amazing, you’ve got so much going on here.”
And so he took it away and I took it home.
So we did that at night.
I used a flash light, I had my flash on, and then I used the flash on a flashgun.
So that was the beginning of a series of photos that I took of the entire castle.
But I didn’t take many of the photos in the original order that I had before, because they were just too long, so the pictures would be taken in different ways, so you would have to take them in different order.
I guess I took the best pictures of the whole castle.
And the ones that I did, the ones where the walls are lit up, the old walls and stuff, I took those in different combinations.
And then I took a couple of shots of the gardens and the gardens of the arches and the tower, so there were probably about two or three of those, I think.
But it was a very, very good collection of pictures.
What is the most impressive thing you’ve seen while you’ve been there?
I think that was one of those shots, where I’m walking up the slope, and you see a bunch of bushes that are all over the place.
And they were all in the same place, so it looked like the top of a hill.
And it was really amazing to see how everything was arranged and to see that everything was so beautifully arranged.
And there was a lot of detail, because there was all this detail in the walls, in the arched roof, in that big stairwell that I was in.
And when you see that, you can see everything, and when you look down the stairs, you don’t see the whole floor.
But you can’t see all the way down.
So it was like a really nice picture.
What do you think it is about the structure that makes Belfort unique?
The arches, I love the way they were built.
They were made of wood, they were really, really strong, and they were the most interesting structure.
And also the arching roof is the main thing.
It’s really tall, and if you’re walking down it, you get this huge view, you feel like you’re going to land on a mountain and be at the top.
And you see how the towers all bend, and all the archers on the castle all point at one other, and that is so important to them.
And that’s why it was so important for them to build them that way.
It wasn’t for any other reason.
It is so nice.
What were some of the more interesting aspects of the place?
I’m not sure, but there were a couple things that I think were interesting. I