This morning, we departed our Birnam lodgings and drove south.

First stop was the village of Dunning to view the famous Dupplin Cross  in Dunning Church. Here, we were provided by a commentary from local curator on this ancient, 9th century cross dedicated to king Constantine. The cross features carvings from a range of merging cultures comprising Scots, Pict, Northumbrian (English), Scandinavian and Irish. Although no longer used for worship, the church itself was of interest, including the stained glass windows.

Dupplin Cross, Dunning

Dupplin Cross, Dunning, ScotlandDunning Church, Perthshire, Scotland

Next, we continued down the A9 to Stirling Castle. This is a combined military fort and Royal Palace. Latter in context of the Stewart dynasty of the 16th century, The former palace has recently been refurbished to reflect what the rooms may have been like in the 16th century, particularly during the reigns of James IV and V. We also viewed most facets of the Castle including Great Hall, Chapel, kitchens and weaving. We had a light lunch here before moving on.

Main Entrance, Stirling Castle

Main Entrance, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Medieval Food Demonstration, Stirling Castle

Medieval Food Demonstration, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Royal Apartments, Stilring Castle

Royal Apartments, Stilring Castle, Scotland

Our final destination of the day was Rosslyn Chapel which dates from the 15th century but recently has attracted great interest through featuring in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.Interior of this small structure features extensive and high quality medieval stone carvings including the Apprentice Pillar. Here we joined the 3.00pm tour which consisted of a 30 minute talk from a local expert guide. ( Photography of interior not permitted.)

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Scotland

We next drove into Edinburgh and undertook a short tour of Holyrood Park with excellent views of Edinburgh and associated photo opportunities. Then on to our hotel via the Scottish Parliament, Calton Hill and Edinburgh New Town. The latter actually dates from the late 17th/early 18th centuries and features extensive examples of Georgian style architecture.

View of Edinburgh from Holyrood Park

View of Edinburgh from Holyrood Park, Scotland

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