This morning, I collected guests upon arrival at Glasgow Airport and then embarked on a tour as follows:

  • First, we transferred to Edinburgh, arriving about 9.30. Here we toured the famous castle visiting key aspects including Mons Meg Cannon, Royal Apartments, Crown ¬†Jewels, Great Hall and Prison.

Entrance to Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Royal Apartments, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Mons Meg Cannon, Edinburgh Castle

View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle

  • ¬† Next, we walked down the Royal Mile to St Giles Cathedral. Here we encountered Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon who has just attended a service to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre in Bosnia. We then visited the Cathedral interior, which mainly dates from the 14th century. This was originally a Catholic place of worship but is now Presbyterian and correct title is High Kirk of Edinburgh. The Cathedral is famous for its John Knox connection, Organ and Thistle Chapel, although latter was closed today.

Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Nicola Sturgeon with group at St Giles Cathedral

  • Next, we continued down the Royal Mile, past John Knox House, World’s End Pub and many shops to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Scottish Parliament.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Next, we walked up to Calton Hill, past the Burns Monument and Royal High School.The summit afforded good views of Firth of Forth, Leith, Arthur’s Seat, Salisbury Crags and Edinburgh City. On the Hill are famous monuments such as City Observatory, Nelson Monument and National Monument.

Leith and Firth of Forth from Calton Hill

National Monument, Calton Hill

Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh, Scotland

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

  • Next, we re-connected with our vehicle and drove down to Roslin for a visit to Rosslyn Chapel which dates from the 15th century and featured in the Da Vinci Code.

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

  • Finally, we returned to our lodgings in Edinburgh. Tomorrow we visit Dunfermline and the Fife Coast.
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