This morning we departed our lodgings about 9.00am and then travelled into Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. We walked up from St Giles Cathedral to the famous castle where we had to wait a few minutes until we could get access at 9.30am opening time. This site affords superb panoramic views over Edinburgh the Forth Rail Bridge, Firth of Forth, Calton Hill and the cityscape generally. At the Castle we visited all the key sites including One O’clock Gun, Military Museum, St Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Meg cano,National Memorial, Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Great Hall.

Edinburgh Cityscape

Edinburgh Cityscape, Scotland

 

Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

Entrance to Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Mons Meg 15t C Canon

Mons Meg 15t C Canon at Edinburgh Castle

 

Next we walked dow the Royal Mile stopping at:

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

St Giles Cathedral with its famous Thistle Chapel

Inside St Giles Cathedral

Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Parliament Square which includes location of former Scottish Parliament building and now occupied by the legal profession.

Chessel’s Court

The new Scottish Parliament building.

Dunbar Close Garden.

Royal High School ( early 19th C classical architecture)

Royal High School, Edinburgh

Royal High School, Edinburgh, Scotland

Canongate Kirk (1690)

Inside Canongate Kirk

Inside Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Adam Smith's Grave, Canongate Kirk

Adam Smith's Grave, Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

John Knox’s House

After completing our walk around the Royal Mile we walked across North Bridge to Princes Street for a brief exploration of the shops.

Next we returned to our lodgings for the car and then drove down to visit the famous Rosslyn Chapel where we were able to join the 2.00pm talk/tour of this site which has become increasingly popular since advent of the Da Vinci Code. The Chapel is full of very high quality stone carvings dating from the 15th. century. An extensive restoration project is in the final stages of completion which has secured the building for future generations. No photographs of the interior are permitted.

Finally, with our Scotland tour complete we drove back to Glasgow and lodgings for the night at the Argyll Hotel after an interesting tour of Scotland.

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