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Today, is the final day of our extended family tour of Scotland with focus on personal ancestry.

Group members availed of a ‘freed day’ exploring various facets of Scotland’s historic, capital city. I joined a small number of the group with focus on Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Botanic Garden. Above image is the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood.

Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Much of the present structure dates from the late 17th century. The Palace is the official residence of Scottish monarchs.  It evolved from the guest quarters attached to the adjacent 12th century abbey. However, the abbey went out of use in the 16th century and is now ruins, which are accessible to the public. Guests toured the Palace.

Next, we walked up the Royal Mile to connect with transport to the Royal Botanic Garden. This visit benefited from sunshine and dry weather. The Botanic Garden site is extensive and includes:

  • Glasshouses: Palm House and Tropical Aquatic.
  • Rock Garden
  • Chinese Hillside.
  • Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden.
  • Biodiversity Garden.
  • Arboretum.
  • Special Trees.
  • Wildlife
  • Art

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Tour ends tonight with most guests departing Scotland tomorrow morning.

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