This morning, we departed our lodgings in Dunfermline, drove over the Forth Bridge and  duly arrived at our destination of Edinburgh.

First, guests toured the historic Palace of Holyroodhouse, official residence of  HM the Queen in Scotland. The site and Palace has a long history including killings associated with Mary, Queen of Scots.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next, we embarked on a walk up the Royal Mile, past the Scottish Parliament, John Knox House and St Giles’ Cathedral. We took the opportunity to visit the home of the former Scottish Parliament which was disbanded in 1707 upon formation of the United Kingdom.This is now occupied by the legal profession.

Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, Scotland

John Knox House, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

On reaching the castle, we visited all main aspects including Mons Meg Cannon ( 15th century), Great Hall and Prison. Our visit coincided with firing of the One o’clock Gun which is a tradition established in the past to assist with navigation at sea.

View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Mons Meg Cannon at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Forth of Forth from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

After departing the castle we re-traced our steps down the Royal Mile prior to which we took the opportunity for a quick visit to the Elephant House Cafe where the Harry Potter character is alleged to have been created.

Elephant House Cafe, Edinburgh, Scotland

Upon returning to Holyrood we drove seven miles south to visit the famous Rosslyn Chapel which dates from the 15th century and is now a popular visitor attraction having gained worldwide fame consequent upon featuring in the Da Vinci Code.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Scotland

Finally, we drove west to Glasgow where guests checked into airport hotel in readiness for departure tomorrow.

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