Mons Meg Cannon, Edinburgh Castle

This morning, we departed Glasgow Airport and drive east for about 90 minutes to our first stop of Dunfermline. Here, we visited a relatively compact site containing a concentration of historic buildings comprising:

  • Ruins of medieval abbey.
  • Well preserved nave of former Abbey Church with a small section of painted ceiling.
  • 19th century Presbyterian Church with burial-place of Scottish hero and king, Robert the Bruce.
  • Ruins of former Royal Palace which was left to decay after James VI moved to London in early 17th century.

Ruins of former Royal Palace, Dunfermline

King Robert the Bruce burial place, Dunfermline

Dunfermline Abbey and Church, Scotland

Dunfermline Abbey Nave, Scotland

Next, we drove across the Forth Road Bridge, with views of the Firth of Forth (bay) to South Queensferry, a historic small town on the south  bank of the Firth of Forth. This provided a good viewpoint for views of the Forth Rail Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and new Forth Road Bridge (under construction). We had lunch here in restaurant with good views of the Firth.

Tour group at South Queensferry, Scotland

Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland

Next, we moved on to Edinburgh.Here we spent a couple of hours visiting Edinburgh Castle. From this high elevation we were able to benefit from excellent views of Edinburgh New Town and Firth of Forth plus aspects of the castle, viz:

  • One o’Clock Gun
  • Queen Margaret’s Chapel.
  • Mons Meg Cannon.
  • Crown Square
  • Scottish National War Memorial.
  • Crown Jewels.
  • Great Hall
  • Prison

Edinburgh and Firth of Forth from Edinburgh Castle

Arthur’s Seat from Edinburgh Castle

Inside St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh Castle.

Inside Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle

Prison at Edinburgh Castle,m Scotland

Finally, we checked into our lodgings before going out for dinner in a local pub.

Tomorrow, we visit Rosslyn Chapel and other sites.

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