This morning I collected guests as arranged at 9.15am from Royal Terrace Hotel and proceeded as follows:

  • Drove south for about 15 mins to Rosslyn Chapel at Roslin. Following the success of the Da Vinci Code book and film the Chapel has moved up to one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. The Chapel dates from the 15th century and is noted for the intensity and quality of the stone carvings which took about 40 yrs to complete. It has remained under ownership of the Sinclair family since inception. The Sinclair’s are of Viking-Norman descent tracing ancestry back to St. Clair in Northern France. A fascinating site which is in the final stages of a long and expensive restoration programme. Unfortunately photographs of the interior are no longer allowed.

    Rosslyn Chapel

Entrance Door at Rosslyn Chapel

Next to Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia. This is a retired  mini-cruise liner dating from the 1950s and was formerly used by Britain’s Royal Family for official engagements and transport around the globe. A good visitor experience.

Royal Yacht Britannia

  • After a spot of lunch at Leith we drove into the centre of Edinburgh to visit the famous Castle including the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. Weather here was windy and cool which served to curtail our visit. However, we did cover most of the key aspects of this famous landmark and visitor attraction.

Gatehouse at Edinburgh Castle

  • Portcullis Gate at Edinburgh Castle

    Royal Palace at Edinburgh Castle

    Finally, guests checked in early at the Marriott in readiness for an early flight tomorrow morning.

This concluded a five day tour around Scotland covering Fife Coast, Sty Andrews, Dunkeld, Oban, Mull, Iona, Loch Lomond, Antonine Wall and Edinburgh.

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