Fountain at Linlithgow Palace

This morning, I collected guests from their Edinburgh hotel and then embarked on a short tour as follows: 

First to Rosslyn Chapel, south of Edinburgh. Here, we arrived in time for the 10.00 short lecture which provided insight into the history and features of this visitor site which witnessed a huge visitor numbers due the Chapel featuring in the Da Vinci Code book and film. In essence, the Chapel has had a chequered history:

  • Commissioned by wealthy aristocrat, William Sinclair as part of a collegiate complex which was never completed.
  • The Chapel was originally intended as the choir for the larger project but, upon William Sinclair’s death, building work ceased and the choir converted to a private chapel.
  • Construction took about 40 years commencing 1446. Some of the best stone masons in Europe were employed on the project.
  • Post Reformation, in 1560, the Chapel fell into disuse.
  • In the 19th century the Chapel was restored and brought back into use as a place of worship, this time as an Anglican/Episcopalian Church, a status which continues today.
  • In the late 20th century water ingress caused substantial structural problems. This was finally remedied in recent years by a ‘drying-out’ project which lasted about 14 years. The Chapel building and stonework has now been stabilised.

Unfortunately, photographs of the elaborately carved interior are  not permitted.


Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

Next, we drove N.W. to visit Linlithgow Palace. This was a former high status residence of Scotland’s Stewart dynasty benefiting from a pleasant loch side setting.. It was incepted in 1426 and took about 100 years to complete. Mary, Queen of Scots was born here. After union of the Scottish and English crowns in 1603, the Scottish King, James moved to London resulting in effective abandonment of Linlithgow Palace. Final denouement came in 1745 when a group of soldiers accidentally set fire to the structure resulting in the elaborate ruin we seem today.

Linlithgow Loch, Scotland

Interior Courtyard at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

Great Hall at Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

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