Rare breed, Soay sheep at Dirleton, Scotland

This morning, I collected guest arriving Edinburgh Airport at 8.00 am and then embarked on a short tour of Lothian Region sites, south of Edinburgh.

Weather was damp and overcast with temperature around 8 C.

First, we drove south to Rosslyn Chapel which is located in the Midlothian Region. The Chapel has become famous as a consequence of featuring in the Da Vinci Code. That aspect apart, the structure is well endowed with intense and high quality stone carvings from the 15th century when it was commissioned by local landowner Sir William Sinclair. A team of top stonemasons was recruited from around Europe who spent some forty years on the project.We listened to a talk on the history of the Chapel form an expert guide and met William the resident, and highly pampered, cat.

William the cat at Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Scotland

Next,we moved east to East Lothian and Dirleton Castle, a majestic ruin which reached its peak (as a high status power base) between the 12th and 16th centuries. In the grounds of the castle is the world’s longest herbaceous border.Features at the castle include an extensive cellar and doocot (pigeon house) with latter being an important Food source in medieval times. From the Castle grounds we were able to observe a small flock of rare, Soay sheep.

After the Castle visit,we had lunch at the Castle Inn. Dirleton gas been rated by some as the prettiest village in Scotland.

Video clip of Dirleton Green

Today’s tour concluded about 3.00 pm at Dalhousie Castle Hotel. Tomorrow we attend a falconry display and visit Edinburgh Castle.


Dirleton Castle, Scotland

Cellar at Dirleton Castle, Scotland

Dirleton Castle, Scotland

Doocot at Dirleton Castle, Scotland

Herbaceous Border at Dirleton Castle