Rosslyn Castle, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Edinburgh and drove about 8 miles south to visit the Rosslyn Chapel in the village of Roslin. This building dates form the 15th century, took about 40 years to complete under sponsorship of the powerful, William Sinclair. The interior is full of high quality carvings in stone covering a wide range of themes and symbols not all of which are understood today. This building was a product of the medieval mind.In recent times Rosslyn Chapel has become famous-and a popular visitor attraction-due it featuring in the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. We attended the informative 30 min talk provided by the Chapel tour guide.

 

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

Next we walked down from the Chapel to Rosslyn Glen where, on banks of River Esk, are the ruins of Rosslyn Castle, the former home and power base of the Sinclair family. The present ruins reflect the remains of a castle rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries but which which suffered terminal damage by an English army in 1650 and a local mob in 1688.

 

Rosslyn Castle, Scotland

Next, wed rove to Livingston in Midlothian where we availed of a early lunch at the Livingston Inn, a former coaching inn. We were able to east outside in the warm sunshine.

Livingston Inn, Scotland

 Next, we drove to Bonnybridge near Falkirk where we visited Rough Castle, a former Roman fort on the Antonine Wall. The Wall was built AD139-142 and from that time until around AD160 was the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. The Wall ran east-west for about 37 miles along which were positioned some 26 forts. The site at Bonnybridge represents one of the best preserved sections of the Wall.

 

Roiugh Castle, Antonine Wall, Scotland

 

‘Lilia’ at Rough Castle, Antonine Wall, Scotland

 

Next, we drove into Glasgow to visist Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of the most popular such establishments in the U.K. Here can be found an important civic art collection including the famous Christ of Saint John of the Cross. There is also a section dedicated to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an important collection of arms and armour and an extensive section on natural history.

 

Egypt Section at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Mackintosh Section at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

 

 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

 

After concluding the Kelvingrove visit, guests checked in at airport hotel and were then  deposited in central Glasgow  for dinner at the Corinthian Restaurant.

 

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