Edinburgh Fringe Promotion on Royal Mile

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

Culross

Culross Palace

First, to Culross a colourful and enchanting small town dating back to the 17th century and now under management of Scotland’s National Trust. There are some 20 buildings owned by the Trust including the impressive Palace. The town is characterised by red-tiled (pantile) roofed houses which line the cobbled streets. There is also a ruined abbey dating back to the 13th. century.

The Palace features high quality, painted woodwork, barrel-vaulted ceilings and an interior virtually unchanged since the 17th century.

The local wealth was derived from coal mining and salt extraction.

A fascinating site at any time.  Views of the Firth of Forth (waterfront)  adds an extra dimension.

This site has been used for filming the Outlander series and our visit coincided with arrival of a large group on an Outlander themed tour.

Culross Village

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Peel

Next to Linlithgow Palace on which summary facts and information is [provided below.

  • Located adjacent to a small lake which is known locally as the Peel.This is home to various bird life and used for sailing and fishing.
  • Dates from early 14th century when Edward I of England built a defended residence.
  • The current palace  took over 100 years to build commencing in the early 15th century. Work was started by King James I who commenced a re-build after the old palace was destroyed by fire.The phases of construction are: James I (1424-1437); James III ( 1460-1488); James IV ( 1488-1513); James V (1513-1542); James VI (1618-1624).
  • The architecture features elements of renaissance style (derived from classical Rome and Greece) as manifested in symmetrical plans, round arches, columns and colonnades and pediments.
  • The palace is quadrangular with four ranges grouped around a central courtyard.
  • In the centre is a magnificent fountain dating from King James V ( 1538). This was subject to extensive restoration in 20th and 21st centuries. A replica of this can be found at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.
  • The progressive enlargement of this building can be evidenced as follows:
    • Great Hall in the east quarter dates from James I (1406-37).
    • Royal Chapel and Royal Apartments date from time of James IV (1488-1513). These can be found in the south and west quarters.
    • The North quarter collapsed in 1607 and was rebuilt by King James VI (1567-1625)
    • Served as Royal nursery for King James V (B 1512), Mary Queen of Scots (B 1542) and Princess Elizabeth (B 1596)
    • Post 1603 fell into decline after King James VI relocated to London.
    • Oliver Cromwell wintered at the Palace during 1650-51.
    • Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at the Palace in 1745. In January of the following year troops of his adversary, General Cumberland occupied the Palace after which it suffered severe fire damage and today remains much in the same condition as February 1746.
  • At its peak the Palace would have been a luxury, lake-side residence for the ruling elite.
  • Some scenes from the Outlander series were also filmed here.

The adjacent town is of interest with a multiplicity of small shops and historic buildings. At the west of the town is Linlithgow Bridge (over the River Avon) where was fought an important battle in 1526.Close to the Palace is St Michael’s Parish Church which was first recorded in 1138 and is also of architectural interest.

Reenactment guides at courtyard fountain

Great Hall

Inside Linlithgow Parish Church

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

Next to Rosslyn Chapel which is located about eight miles south of Edinburgh.

In recent years visitor numbers have grown exponentially due to the Chapel featuring in Dan Brown’s mystical thriller The Da Vinci Code. However, with a history dating back to the 15th century, the Chapel has much to offer the visitor. A summary of key facts and information is provided below.

  • Founded by Sir William Sinclair, third and last St. Clair Prince of Orkney in 1446. The Chapel remains under control of Sir William’s descendants today.
  • Located in Roslin, a village about 7 miles south of Edinburgh.
  • Took 40 years to build using some of the top stone masons in Europe.
  • Shortly after Sir William’s death in 1484 work on the Chapel ceased. It is believed that what exists today was intended as the choir of a much larger collegiate complex.
  • Built for private, Catholic worship which ceased in 1592 due to the Protestant Reformation.
  • An unused ruin from 1592 to 1862 when worship (Episcopalian) re-commenced.
  • In 1954 severe damage was caused by application of incorrect treatment to the interior with aim of remedying water saturation which was threatening the building.
  • In 1997 a free-standing steel ‘umbrella’ structure was erected to facilitate natural drying out. This proved successful and the structure has since been removed.
  • Today, visitors are attracted by a display of some of the best stone carvings in Europe featuring highly decorated:
    • plant motifs;
    • symbols relevant to Old Testament texts;
    • Knights Templar;
    • Freemasonry;
    • Apprentice Pillar;
    • Scandinavia mythology; and
    • pagan themes.
  • A local cat named William has taken up residence in the chapel and has become something of a local celebrity.He may rank as the most petted cat in Britain!

We checked in to our Edinburgh lodgings around 3.00 pm after which the writer went on a solo trip to the Royal Mile which packed with visitors and exhibitors with previews of shows and entertainment linked to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Edinburgh Fringe Promotion

Edinburgh Fringe Promotion

Edinburgh Fringe Promotion