Bridge of Sighs near Glasgow Cathedral

This morning we departed lodgings in Glasgow’s West End and drove to the city’s Cathedral which dates from the 13th century.

At the cathedral our group was provided with a private,escorted tour by one of the Cathedral guides. The tour included commentary on Patron Saint St Mungo, stained glass, Glasgow’s emblem, side chapels, upper and lower churches, forms of worship in medieval times, the Reformation, architecture styles and much more.

Inside Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Nave, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

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Stained glass windows representing Adam and Eve at Glasgow Cathedral

John Knox Monument at Glasgow Necropolis

Next, we drove north to Stirling to visit the famous castle.Here we toured all the key aspects including Great Hall, Royal Apartments, Chapel Royal and Kitchen. A feature of the castle is the actors in period costume who provide a useful insight into way of life at the Royal Court during the 16th century.

Central plain of Scotland from Stirling Castle

Great Hall at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Great Hall at Stirling Castle

Royal thrones at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Royal thrones at Stirling Castle

Actor at Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

Part of symbolic ceiling at Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

After refreshments at Stirling Castle we drove to nearby Doune Castle.This is a substantial and well preserved castle which evolved from a hunting lodge used by the Scottish family when based at Stirling Castle.

Doune Castle, Scotland

With┬áday’s tour schedule complete we drove east for about 50 minutes to Edinburgh Airport where guests checked into their hotel in readiness for departure tomorrow.

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