This morning our group departed Argyll Hotel, Glasgow about 0915 and then travelled to Edinburgh on the east coast where we proceeded to visit the following attractions:

  • Rosslyn Chapel, about 7 miles of Edinburgh. This 15th century building is full of sophisticated stone carvings and took 40 years to complete. We arrived in time for the 11.00am tour guide talk which took us through the long history of the Chapel which survided the Reformation, Cromwell’s troops, abandonement and eventual re-dedication as an Anglican church in the 19th century. From inception the Chapel has remained under ownership by the Sinclair family. Unfortunately, photographs of the interior are not permitted.
  • Next we drove into Edinburgh to visit the famous castle. Here we had a tour of this large site including Mons Meg cannon, 12th century St. Margaret’s Chapel the National War Memorial, Scottish Crown Jewels and Great Hall. Benefiting from the clear visibility we enjoyed superb views over Edinburgh and the local landscape.
  • Our final stop for the day was the Palace of Holyroodhouse at foot of the Royal Mile. This building has a long history which,in conjunction with the adjacent ruined Abbey, dates back to the 12th century. The Palace is an official residence of the Queen in Scotland and is closely connected withMary Queen of Scots. Staff were very helpful. One of our group acted as a sentry. Close to the Palace are noteworthy sites which include Arthur’s Seat, Salisbury Crags and the new Scottish Parliament building with its controversial architecture,

At the end of a long day we drove to the Minto Hotel for an evening meal ( very noisy due to a wedding) and finally to our lodgings at Abcorn Guest House.

Tomorrow we head to Inverness in the Highlands.

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