This morning, our tour group elected for a free morning in Edinburgh in order to undertake shopping and private exploring. We met again at 1.15pm and proceeded as follows:
  • To Rosslyn Chapel about 20 mins from the City. This dates from the 15th century and has become famous, principally due to mention in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code but also because of the high quality medieval stone carvings which cover the interior of the Chapel which is still a living church (Episcopalian). We arrived at the Chapel in time for a talk by an expert local guide, albeit one with a thick local accent which presented a challenge to the non-Scots ear.

Rosslyn Chapel

  • After visiting the Chapel we returned to Edinburgh and went straight to the famous castle at top of the equally famous Royal Mile. Here we spent about one hour visting most facets of the building including One O’ Clock Gun, St Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Meg (cannon), National War Memorial, Royal Apartments with Crown Jewels, Great Hall and prison.

View of Edinburgh from Castle

Inside Edinburgh Castle

  • Next we walked down to the Grassmarket and then the Royal Mile stopping to view St Giles Cathedral (exterior), Old Parliament buildings, Mercat Cross and Adam Smith statue.

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Street Scene

  • At 6.00pm we arrived at our restaurant for the evening, namely Creelers, which specialises in seafood. Here we availed of a good quality meal which rounded off the evening and tour.
  • Finally, we popped into a local hostelry for a nightcap before retiring in readiness for an early start tomorrow to catch return flight from Edinburgh Airport.

End of Tour Celebration

Weather today has been generally warm and sunny.